NEW: Blow for Bosso ahead of epic encounter  

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NEW: Blow for Bosso ahead of epic encounter  

The Sunday Mail

Online Reporter  

IN a league that is crying out for dead-ball specialists, Adrian Silla’s superb strikes against Bulawayo Chiefs on Sunday were something to savour.

With Highlanders seemingly heading for an embarrassing 2-0 defeat, and the clock ticking towards 90 minutes, Silla took matters into his own hands.

The underrated defensive midfielder, who is a product of the famed Aces Youths Soccer Academy, pulled one back for Bosso with a bullet free-kick from the edge of the box in the 79th minute.

He was back again on the stroke of full time from the same position and with the same technique and precision to strike home another free-kick.

Yet Silla had only trained for two days, as he had battled a running stomach for the better part of last week.

He was actually on a drip at a Bulawayo private hospital.

The 26-year-old inspired Bosso to a memorable comeback as the match ended 2-2.

It was a result that probably saved Highlanders’ coach Mandla Mpofu his job – at least for now – as Bosso fans chanted songs towards the end of the game calling for his ouster.

Bosso are now bracing for Sunday’s blockbuster ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’ clash against Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium.

Silla will, however, be missing as he is serving a suspension after accumulating three yellow cards.

Although he is naturally disappointed, he is confident his teammates will rise to the occasion and do the job against Dynamos.

Silla was expected to be key in a Bosso’s midfield that is likely to have vice captain Nqobizitha Masuku, Godfrey Makaruse and the vastly improved Devine Mhindirira.

“The fixture against DeMbare is one of the matches that I am always craving for. It’s a huge clash, but sadly I am on suspension,” a disappointed Silla told The Sunday Mail Online.

The midfielder is a Harare-born player who was at Aces Academy alongside the Wisdom Mutasa, Brett Amidu, Nigel Makumbe, Emmanuel Mandiranga and Donovan Bernard.

He joined Highlanders from the now-defunct Division Two side FC Harare in 2015.

Since then, he had never scored a brace until last Sunday when his two booming free-kicks ended up being the major takeaway from the clash between Chiefs and Bosso.

“That was my first brace in the Premier Soccer League, and it was a good feeling,” the former Lord Malvern High learner said.

The 2-2 draw against Bulawayo Chiefs left Highlanders on 16 points from 13 matches, just two points above the relegation zone.

Bosso are winless in their last four matches and a massive 14 points behind log leaders Dynamos.

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