BULAWAYO - Highlanders failed to be beat 10-man Triangle in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.
Hwange-based referee Hardlife Ndazi controversially dismissed Triangle defender Charles Rukwanhi for a second bookable offence 22 minutes into the game.
Rukwanhi got the first yellow card after bringing down Knox Mutizwa. Before the free kick could be taken, Ndazi gave Rukwanhi another yellow card for the wearing undergarment skins which did not match the team colours.
Triangle had opened the scores eight minutes into the game through former Bosso player Pasca Manhanga.
Triangle looked the better team in the early stages and they were threatening Highlanders from all angles.
The visitors removed the foot off the pedal soon after the expulsion of Rukwanhi.
In the second half, Highlanders started to make more attacking moves in search of an equaliser.
Triangle were playing a more cautious game and were depending more on counter attacks.
Highlanders finally managed to get an equaliser through Knox Mutizwa 10 minutes after resumption.
Triangle defenders went to sleep for a moment and Knox managed to divert a King Nadolo shot into the net.
After the equaliser Triangle went into a panic mode and they could have conceded another goal four minutes later.
Defender Ephraim Mwinga gave away possession to Mutizwa and with only the keeper to beat, the forward hurried his effort and skied it over the bar.
Thereafter both teams started to play cautiously trying to avoid mistakes that could have resulted into a loss.
Triangle started to neutralise the Highlanders numerical advantage and one could not be blamed for thinking the teams had the same number of players on the field of play.
Obediah Tarumbwa, who looked a pale shadow of himself, fluffed a chance to give Bosso a win nine minutes from time.
He delayed shooting and Triangle survived due to the timely intervention by defender Mwinga.
Mwinga was injured in the process and he took about 5 minutes getting treatment outside the pitch.
After the match Triangle coach Kelvin Kaindu was happy with the way his team played though disappointed by the red card.
“I think we played well and our game plan worked. We got a point away from home but I think we could have got maximum points if it wasn’t for the red card,” he said.
“Maybe the rules of football have changed but I think there was no need for a red card. The red card in the 22nd minute really affected us.”
His opposite number Bongani Mafu said: “It was a game that we could have won. We had a lot of chances that we failed to turn into goals. We played good passing football in the second half and we took advantage of our numerical advantage.”