Chiredzi FC…(1) 1
Harare City. . . (1) 2
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE IN ZVISHAVANE
HARARE City booked their place into the semifinals of the Chibuku Super Cup with a spirited comeback to knock out Chiredzi FC.
Osborne Mukuradare and Martin Vengesai’s goals outweighed Sam Msimbu’s effort to ensure Masimba Dinyero’s charges’ progression into the semis.
Dinyero saluted his side for picking themselves up to victory.
“I am happy with the performance of the team and that we progressed. The attitude of the players was wrong earlier on as they were underrating the opponents but they later on played well,” he said.
Losing coach Gishon Ntini beamoned some sloppy defending for his team’s loss.
“We made unnecessary mistakes for the goals but we played well though. It was not our day. We could have equalised even in the dying stages of the game,” said Ntini.
Msimbu breathed life into the match when he headed in David Sengu’s freekick for the opening goal after 29 minutes of action.
Five minutes before the breather, Sengu was on hand to create another goal.
But this time it was for the opponents’ equaliser when he fouled James Jam on the edge of the box and from the resultant freekick, Mukuradare fired home.
Barely a minute into the second half, Francisco Zekumbawire flicked the ball into the path of Vengesai whose low shot sailed past Stephen Chimusoro in goal for Chiredzi.
Nine minutes later, a well-positioned Mukuradare failed to hit target when he blasted over Zekumbawire’s cross.
Crispen Dickson denied Ntini’s outfit a leveller right at the death when he cleared Tawanda Muyendi’s effort from the goal line.