HARARE CITY IN CHIBUKU CUP QUAR­TER-FI­NALS

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bureau

Harare City 4-1 Buf­faloes HARARE City be­came the first side to se­cure their Chibuku Cup quar­ter-fi­nal place when they thumped Buf­faloes in a one-sided first round en­counter at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

After fin­ish­ing run­ners-up to FC Platinum in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances last year, Harare City sounded warn­ing shots of their in­ten­tions to reach the fi­nal of the tour­na­ment and pos­si­bly lift it this time round with a work­man-like show that blew apart the vis­it­ing sol­diers.

It was ac­tu­ally in the sec­ond half that Tau­rai Mang­wiro’s men turned on the power on the sol­diers with a bar­rage of at­tacks that yielded three more goals.

Wil­liam Manondo thrust the Sun­shine Boys into a third minute lead and that set­tled the hosts’ nerves.

Harare City then added a sec­ond in the 55th from hold­ing mid­fielder James Jam while three min­utes later de­fender Arnold Chivheya made it safe for the Sun­shine Boys.

Buf­faloes who have been strug­gling even in the league games, pulled one back through sea­soned striker Ja­cob Mu­zokomba in the 66th minute.

But Harare City were not fin­ished yet and new­boy Ku­dak­washe Kumwala then jus­ti­fied why Harare City raced to sign him from Hart­ley academy by scor­ing on de­but when grab­bing the fourth goal in the 78th minute.

Kumwala is a highly rated young striker who ar­rived at City two weeks ago after lead­ing the line of at­tack for Hart­ley in the Eastern re­gion Di­vi­sion One League, scor­ing 14 goals in 12 matches.

Buf­faloes coach Saul Chaminuka said it is all over for them in the Cup and are now shift­ing their fo­cus to the league where they are in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“We had started the game well but we con­ceded an early goal and ended up chas­ing the game. We now have home­work and a lot of work to do but we’re now look­ing at our next league game be­cause Chibuku Cup is over for us. The prob­lem is we’re con­ced­ing soft goals and to­day we suf­fered an­other heavy loss but we’ll keep work­ing on that area and see if we can im­prove,” said Chaminuka.

Harare City as­sis­tant coach Mike Madzi­vanyika said they were look­ing for­ward to the next round and they will take each game as it comes.

“The boys played well and were pur­pose­ful go­ing for­ward. We’re tak­ing one Cup game at a time and we’ll see what hap­pens,” he said.

“It was good for him (Kuda) scor­ing and we’re con­fi­dent he’ll do well for the team,” he said.

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