Harare City thrash Bor­der Strik­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi and Takudzwa Chit­siga

Harare City 4 -0 Bor­der Strik­ers VET­ERAN coach Luke Ma­somere re­ceived a bap­tism of fire on his re­turn into the trenches of coach­ing in the do­mes­tic Premier­ship after his Bor­der Strik­ers side slumped to a 0-4 de­feat at the hands of Chibuku Su­per Cup hold­ers Harare City at Ru­faro yes­ter­day as the coun­try’s pre­mier knock­out foot­ball tour­na­ment got un­der­way. Ma­somere, a league cham­pi­onship win­ner with Amazulu who also won the BancABC Sup8r Cup, was back on the bench yes­ter­day after a lengthy sab­bat­i­cal and was pow­er­less to pre­vent his men from crash­ing to a big de­feat as Chunga’s side made it clear they in­tend to de­fend their sil­ver­ware. The coach even had to pull out his goal­keeper, as he tried to limit the dam­age, and he re­turned to Beit­bridge f u l ly aware he faces Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble in his bid to save Bor­der Strik­ers from sink­ing into Di­vi­sion One which was the man­date he was given when he was hired this week.

“The team did not play well I just had train­ing with them on Wed­nes­day and by yes­ter­day Thurs­day we were on the road so it was a sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion,” said Ma­somere.

“We had a very bad game in the sec­ond half as the boys showed signs of tired­ness and the fit­ness lev­els are not en­cour­ag­ing at all.

“We will work hard in prepa­ra­tion for the re­main­ing seven games.”

Chunga’s team got their goals from Jerry Chipan­gura in the 24th minute, Ron­ald Chi­tiyo 54th minute, Ed­win Mad­han­hanga on the hour mark and the con­sis­tent Wil­liam Manondo in the 71st minute.

“We played well and it was a good game which we dom­i­nated,” said Chunga.

“We had the op­por­tu­nity to try some young play­ers after we took a com­fort­able lead although they could not get on the score­sheet. We now look for­ward to the next draw.”

While Chunga was all smiles yes­ter­day, the fo­cus now shifts to an­other Dy­namos son with all eyes on Lloyd Mu­tasa after a tough week in his Glam­our Boys nursed the wounds of a de­mor­al­is­ing de­feat in Bu­l­awayo where High­landers struck twice, in quick suc­ces­sion, to beat their big­gest ri­vals 2-1.

War­riors’ goal­keeper Ta­tenda Muku­ruva has, some­how, es­caped crit­i­cism all week after a shocker gifted Bosso the equaliser with the diminu­tive goal­min­der fail­ing to deal with a ball swung in from a corner while vet­eran marks­man Ralph Matema was given the free­dom of Mbare to head home, un­marked, the killer goal.

The Glam­our Boys and now are un­der pres­sure to atone for the poor out­ing by go­ing all the way and win the $500 000 tour­na­ment.

DeMbare are vir­tu­ally out of the run­ning for the Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship ti­tle and the Chibuku Cup rep­re­sents their only hope for sil­ver­ware this year.

But the dream could be spoiled when they host How Mine at Ru­faro to­mor­row.

Dy­namos could not have for­got­ten how they were bun­dled out of the 2013 Mbada Di­a­monds Cup by Chiku­ru­pati who went on to reach the fi­nals after elim­i­nat­ing Caps United in the semi-fi­nals.

Skip­per Tapiwa Khum­buyani yes­ter­day said they will not leave any­thing to chance.

“Of course we played draws in the league this year but this is a dif­fer­ent game. It’s a Cup game and there has to be a win­ner at the end of the day even if we don’t score in reg­u­la­tion time.

“Yeah, Dy­namos may not be play­ing well but re­mem­ber Dy­namos are Dy­namos. You can’t re­ally af­ford to sit back and re­lax when you have a game against them no mat­ter what they are go­ing through.

“Dy­namos can do any­thing on any day, they have to be taken se­ri­ously no mat­ter what they are go­ing through. They are a dan­ger­ous team. Ev­ery team wants to win the tour­na­ment but for us we have to con­cen­trate on the first game first. At the mo­ment, we are look­ing at this game. We will then see what hap­pens af­ter­wards.

“If you want to be the best you will have to beat the best. So we don’t have any prob­lem be­ing drawn against Dy­namos in the first round. It ac­tu­ally spurs us on and the im­por­tant thing is to con­cen­trate through­out. We will need to fo­cus, even if the game goes to the penal­ties,” said Khum­buyani.

Dy­namos team man­ager Richard Chi­horo yes­ter­day said they have a clean bill of health.

“As far as I know there are no in­juries in our team. We trained well this week and every­one is ready to go. In fact we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to win­ning this match be­cause our goal is to win this tour­na­ment and play in Africa.

“So we will put in ev­ery­thing. There is usu­ally so much at stake in cup games. I am sure we will bounce back, goals will come this time around,” said Chi­horo.

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife in Harare that, should coach Lloyd Mu­tasa fail to win this game, he could be fired from his job although some of those who have been linked with the post have been way­ward bets.

To his credit, Mu­tasa re­mains fo­cused on his job and some even feel for him given that his de­fence was at fault in the City of Kings although oth­ers feel that his read­ing of the game, which saw his sub­sti­tutes fail to fire, left a lot to be de­sired.

Oth­ers have also cho­sen to be su­per­sti­tious say­ing that, when­ever Masimba Mam­bare scores, no one in the DeMbare shirt scores, even when they get very good chances, although that the­ory looks way off the mark.

Moses Chunga

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