Bambo fi­nally wins at home

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma Harare Bureau

Harare City 2-0 ZPC Kariba MOSES Chunga fi­nally got his first vic­tory on home turf yes­ter­day since he be­came the coach of Harare City when he saw off ZPC Kariba in a Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer game at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

The win also helped Chunga to com­plete a dou­ble over his men­tor Sun­day “Mhofu’’ Chidzambwa as the Sun­shine Boys won 1-0 in Kariba.

Chunga was ap­pointed head coach at the Sun­shine Boys on June 1 and presided over a to­tal of seven games in­clud­ing three home ties but a home vic­tory re­mained elu­sive for the well-trav­elled gaffer.

How­ever, yes­ter­day Chunga was left cel­e­brat­ing courtesy of a 13th minute header from de­fender Crispen Dickson be­fore for­ward Martin Venge­sayi sealed the match with a 90th minute long drive .

This vic­tory came af­ter Chunga had presided over a 0-2 de­feat at the hands of Dynamos, a goal­less draw against How Mine and a 1-1 draw against Chicken Inn at the same venue since he re­placed for­mer coach Tau­rai Mang­wiro. “Since I came at the club it was my first win at Ru­faro so I will cel­e­brate it. It is a great win for us. We have been play­ing well but with­out scor­ing goals it counted for noth­ing. I’m happy with the way we are play­ing. I think to­day we showed our pedi­gree,” said Chunga.

How­ever, the for­mer War­riors cap­tain said there is still a lot of work to do for his Harare City who are in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble. “In the first half we were all over them but in the sec­ond half they came onto us. We still have a lot of games to go so we need to pol­ish our act,” said Chunga.

Chidzambwa said yes­ter­day’s match was one he would quickly want to for­get af­ter his charges dis­played a de­plorable per­for­mance.

“It is a game which we should quickly for­get about be­cause we played badly in all the de­part­ments.

“We tried to put pres­sure in the sec­ond half but at the end we lost con­cen­tra­tion. We played ut­ter rub­bish and tried to im­prove in the sec­ond half.

“In football you win by fight­ing and at times by in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance but to­day there was none of that,” said Chidzambwa.

The wheels ap­pear to be com­ing off the elec­tric­ity men who have lost the kind of steam that char­ac­terised their start to the sea­son.

They have not scored or won a match in their last seven out­ings. “We have hit a bad pitch and we need to work re­ally hard to re­gain our form. It’s not a dif­fi­cult task if all the coaches and the play­ers pull in the same di­rec­tion. As coaches you al­ways hope for the best in each and ev­ery game,” said Chidzambwa.

Harare City de­fender Jimmy Tigere had to be sub­sti­tuted be­fore quar­ter of an hour af­ter he suf­fered a con­cus­sion fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with his name­sake ZPC mid­fielder Never Tigere in which he landed badly. The de­fender had to be rushed to the hos­pi­tal in the sec­ond half of the match but last night he was said to be in a stable con­di­tion and had re­gained his speech.

Harare City were in charge of the pro­ceed­ings in the first pe­riod in which mid­fielder Wil­liam Manondo could have found the opener but fluffed his chance.

How­ever, to his credit he im­me­di­ately made amends when he whipped in a good cor­ner from the right which met an alert Dickson on the other end to finely head into the nets. Af­ter the break, ZPC re­turned with some ur­gency. But the day be­longed to Harare City who ab­sorbed the pres­sure and in the op­tional time Francesco Zekum­bawire, set up Venge­sayi, who was yards out­side the box to drill the ball home and send their small band of sup­port­ers into cel­e­bra­tion.

David Mandig­ora

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