Tri­an­gle clinch Chibuku Cup

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Harare City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 Tri­an­gle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0) 2 TRI­AN­GLE United claimed the 2018 Su­per Cup with a sweet vic­tory over Harare City in a cap­ti­vat­ing fi­nal played in a packed Gibbo Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Skip­per Ralph Ka­won­dera opened the scor­ing with a header for Tri­an­gle be­fore the im­pres­sive winger Phineas Ba­musi struck a beauty, with both goals scored in the sec­ond half to hand Tri­an­gle their first ever Chibuku Su­per Cup.

For Tri­an­gle coach Tau­rai Mang­wiro, it was the sec­ond time that he has the coun­try’s most re­ward­ing club com­pe­ti­tion, hav­ing first lifted the tro­phy with Harare City in 2015. Mang­wiro yes­ter­day de­nied his for­mer side a suc­cess­ful de­fence of the Chibuku Su­per Cup, which they have won twice since its re-in­tro­duc­tion in 2014. Mang­wiro felt that it was a charm­ing vic­tory for his team against a side that did not make it easy for them in front of their fans who cheered them through­out the match.

“It was a sweet vic­tory from us against a welldrilled team, you could see what they wanted but to­day I thought for the larger parts of the match we were al­ways in con­trol, we were un­lucky to have not taken a half-time lead but we kept prob­ing and in the end got the de­ci­sive goals,’’ Mang­wiro said.

Even hav­ing be­come the only coach to win the Chibuku Su­per Cup, Mang­wiro said prior to the fi­nal he told his play­ers that what mat­tered more was not him but the team’s achieve­ment.

“It does feel good, go­ing into the fi­nal match I told the boys that it’s more of an in­di­vid­ual award to be the first coach to win it twice, for now let’s put that be­hind us, records are meant for the ar­chives, rather we play as a team, win it as a team,’’ he said.

Harare City coach, Mark Har­ri­son felt that Tri­an­gle were bet­ter than them on the day. The los­ing coach how­ever, still cried foul with hav­ing to play Tri­an­gle at their home ground which he thought gave them an un­fair ad­van­tage even be­fore kick-off.

“Over 90 min­utes I prob­a­bly think they were bet­ter than us on the day, it’s for ev­ery­body to see, mas­sive ad­van­tage handed to Tri­an­gle play­ing here, you got to put your hands up who­ever you are, they’ve got a full sta­dium, they live on this field, so it re­ally gave them one hand on the tro­phy be­fore we got here,’’ Har­ri­son said.

Tri­an­gle dom­i­nated the first half as they bom­barded their op­po­nents from the start with Harare City goal­keeper Ryan Har­ri­son stand­ing tall in be­tween the posts to deny the Sugar Sugar Boys.

Ka­won­dera opened the scor­ing with an hour played, the Tri­an­gle skip­per with a header from a Russell Madamombe cross into the box which Harare City failed to deal with.

Harare City did not give up that eas­ily as they went in search of an equaliser but in the process con­ceded a sec­ond with a minute to go. Ba­musi was re­leased from a quick counter at­tack and tried to feed the ball to an un­marked Nhamo Lameck but his pass was blocked. The de­fender who made the block lost his foot­ing in the process and the ball fell to Ba­musi who fired past Har­ri­son.

Tri­an­gle pock­eted $75 000 while $50 000 went the way of Harare City.

Tri­an­gle play­ers lift the Chibuku Su­per Cup tro­phy at Gibbo Sta­dium

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