Chunga looks be­yond Chibuku

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

HOLD­ERS Harare City will for the first time since the re­turn of the Chibuku Su­per Cup, be the miss­ing link when the fi­nal is staged on Novem­ber 5.

The Sun­shine Boys have been a reg­u­lar fea­ture in the coun­try’s big­gest knock-out tour­na­ment hav­ing lost in the in­au­gu­ral de­cider at Man­dava, al­beit in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances in 2014.

Last year Harare City, then un­der Tau­rai Mang­wiro got it right edg­ing Dy­namos 2-1 in the fi­nal at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium.

But on Satur­day, they were back at Man­dava where FC Plat­inum en­sured Moses Chunga and his men could not put the ic­ing on the coach’s 51st birth­day cel­e­bra­tions when hand­ing them a heavy 3-0 de­feat.

And this time there was not much of the kind of the con­tro­versy that char­ac­terised the loss that Masimba Dinyero’s Harare City suf­fered in the 2014 fi­nal al­though Chunga was yes­ter­day not amused by the con­duct of the min­ers which he felt was in­spired by juju prac­tices and cast a shadow on the im­age of the do­mes­tic game.

With Harare City miss­ing for the first time in the fi­nal, it will be FC Plat­inum who will be seek­ing a se­cond Chibuku ti­tle when they tackle Ngezi Plat­inum at a venue yet to be de­cided by the Premier Soc­cer League.

Chunga yes­ter­day re­flected on the game in which they seemed to melt in the heat of Zvisha­vane and at­trib­uted the loss to some poor de­fend­ing by his men.

The veteran coach was how­ever, putting on a brave face and in­sisted that de­spite the dis­ap­point­ment of the de­feat “life goes on ‘’ fol­low­ing their exit from the Chibuku Cup, which will mean a tro­phy­less sea­son for the Sun­shine Boys. “It is very dis­ap­point­ing that we failed to progress to the fi­nal. When we were search­ing for an equaliser we made un­nec­es­sary blun­ders.

“We were also af­fected by the com­ing out of cen­tre back Hast­ings Cha­pusha, who started feel­ing some side pains and we were left leak­ing like a

sieve. “Also of some the con­di­tions we were ex­posed to dur­ing that match were not good. I have never seen such foot­ball in my life but I don’t want to go into that,” said Chunga.

He was re­fer­ring to the in­ci­dent where FC Plat­inum play­ers kept on de­flat­ing match balls so that Harare City, who were the home team ex­hausted their balls and ended up us­ing the min­ers’ balls.

Chunga reck­oned that this was in­spired by some be­liefs in juju.

Harare City fell to a first half goal by striker Rod­well Chinyengetere be­fore veteran for­ward Charles Sibanda and winger Mar­shal Mude­hwe in­flicted more pain on the visi­tors.

But Chunga is not bury­ing his head in the sand fol­low­ing the loss and said he was now look­ing be­yond the Chibuku Cup and plan­ning for next sea­son.

The former Gun­ners coach, who se­cured his fu­ture at the Sun­shine Boys by ink­ing a two-year con­tract at Town House last week, said his thrust start­ing with the league as­sign­ment against Caps United would be to give more game time to younger play­ers.

“We are now fo­cus­ing on the league but as a team which is out of the league race, I think we will give plenty of op­por­tu­nity to the young play­ers in the re­main­ing league matches.

“For the re­main­der of the sea­son, Hast­ings is tak­ing over the cap­taincy from Tafadzwa Dube. We are re­ward­ing him for good per­for­mance and in Satur­day’s game even the FC Plat­inum supporters ap­plauded him.

“He still needs to im­prove on com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion but lead­er­ship doesn’t have any­thing to do with age. When I was a player I was given re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when I was still young at Dy­namos and I feel he de­serves it,” said Chunga.

Since he ar­rived at Harare City, Chunga has been in­te­grat­ing a num­ber of young play­ers with the more sea­soned team­mates, fus­ing such Un­der-20 play­ers like Learn­more Muyambo, Jerry Chipan­gura and Ta­tenda Tumba into the reg­u­lar side.

The move is also in line with Harare City’s thrust to de­velop young tal­ent.

The former Gun­ners and Dy­namos coach has com­ple­mented well the club’s ef­forts of pro­mot­ing their ju­niors.

“We are not go­ing to buy any play­ers next sea­son, so we want to give a run to many young­sters in the re­main­ing matches.

“You are go­ing to see even play­ers such as goal­keeper Ta­tenda Mun­diti hav­ing game time,” said Chunga.

Chunga said he was hum­bled with the con­tract and promised to re­pay the club’s chiefs for their faith in him.

“The week be­gan well with the news of the con­tract but didn’t end well with the de­feat but I will take the con­tract. It gives me more time to build a legacy at Harare City.

“For you to be suc­cess­ful, if you don’t get crit­i­cism you won’t achieve the goals. I would like to thank the ex­ec­u­tive for show­ing trust in me and also thank the Mayor for his con­tin­ued sup­port as well the coun­cil­lors,” said Chunga.

Moses Chunga

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