GWERU – Highlanders suffered their heaviest defeat of the season after they were demolished by Chapungu at Ascot Stadium on Thursday.
Nigel Makumbe missed a penalty four minutes before halftime as Highlanders failed to make their early dominance count.
They would rue that missed opportunity as Chapungu put them to the sword in a second half which was halted for 28 minutes after Edmore Muzanenhamo, a former Highlanders player, hammered home a freekick and celebrated in front of the visiting supporters who did not appreciate the gloating.
Objects were thrown at the Chapungu players and some visiting fans invaded the pitch. It took 28 minutes for police to restore order and the match to resume.
Allen Tavarwisa was treated for a head injury after being hit by one of the missiles, but was able to continue.
When play finally resumed, Chapungu went further ahead as Philip Marufu turned in Tavarwisa’s cross. Tavarwisa then piled more misery on Bosso, capitalising on a slip by Vincent Moyo, to slot the ball past a despairing Nedrick Madeya eight minutes after the hour mark.
Clive Rupiya wrapped up the scoring when he weaved past Moyo and Charlton Siamalonga before beating Madeya with a low shot.
At Rufaro, Dynamos pulled themselves further away from the relegation zone with a commanding 2-0 victory over Herentals.
Valentine Kadonzvo thrust them ahead two minutes into the match after a mazy run. Kudzanayi Dhemere’s headed goal after halftime secured the win.
Bulawayo City were relegated from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League despite picking their third win on the trot over ZPC Kariba at Barbourfields Stadium.
City needed to win their game, which they spectacularly did, but also required relegation rivals Chapungu and Nichrut to drop points in their respective matches.
Nichrut, who occupy the last of the relegation spots, drew 1-1 with Black Rhinos and are still in with a chance of survival but Chapungu’s win ensured that they are no longer assailable by the Bulawayo club.
Bulawayo City join Shabanie Mine and Mutare City who have dropped to the lower division. Nichrut are still the only club that can climb out of relegation, but they need Chapungu – who occupy the last safe spot – to drop points in their final three matches.