Sunday, July 25, 2010
Highlanders FC Bosso 0, Jomo Cosmos Ezenkosi 0.
(One of the few players people could identify - Gilbert Banda)
Highlanders F.C played goalless draw in an electrifying atmosphere like the one of yesteryear at Bourbarfields Stadium against Jomo Cosmos of South Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa. While the game did not rise to the expectation, people were content being there singing, dancing and being crazy. The Highlanders FC vs Jomo Cosmos FC match was organised by SAWIMA as a campaign against xenophobia.
They say the atmosphere in the stands was electric, reminding people of the days gone by, at another time and another place. There were unfortunate issues with gay people in the stadium.
The match was not the standards people expected. "It was more an outing with friends people and reliving the days when we stormed the BF stadium." said Blessing Phiri, who watched the match in the company of many colleagues.
People didn't recognise players of old. The team is basically a new look to many except Captain Gilbert Gidza Banda and Bekithemba Mabatha Ndlovu, himself at home in these shores having played for the Dube Birds, Moroka Swallows and Platinum Stars among others.
There is a chance of a return match at a date to be agreed. This blog will do all possible to keep you posted on the developments. The giant has fallen. If you were there, tell us more about the game, the atmosphere, the singing and all.