Harare City fell mis­er­able Caps

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Don Makanyanga

Harare City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Caps United. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 HARARE CITY booked their fourth Chibuku Su­per Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance and sec­ond one on the bounce af­ter out­play­ing a mis­er­able Caps United at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

The tour­na­ment’s all-time top scorer Wil­liam “Mr Chibuku” Manondo net­ted to seal it for the Sun­shine Boys, who had taken an early lead through former Caps United man Moses Muchenje.

Makepekepe pulled one back four min­utes from time through Joel “Josta” Ngodzo but Harare City hung on for an­other fa­mous Chibuku Su­per Cup vic­tory.

Mark Har­ri­son’s side have now made it four out of five fi­nal ap­pear­ances since the Chibuku Su­per Cup was rein­tro­duced in 2014.

Harare City con­tro­ver­sially lost to FC Plat­inum in the 2014 edi­tion be­fore win­ning it in 2015 by beat­ing Dy­namos.

They did not make the fi­nal in 2016 when Ngezi Plat­inum Stars won the tro­phy but bounced back last sea­son and re­claimed the Cup at the ex­pense of How Mine.

This year they are back in the fi­nal again cour­tesy of Much en je and Ma non do’ s strikes.

Muchenje pun­ished his former side with a powe­ful strike in the sixth minute af­ter he was set up by Manondo.

Manondo then turned from provider to scorer, wrap­ping it up in the 69th minute as he moved to 13 Chibuku Su­per Cup goals.

The City for­ward be­lieves Lady Luck al­ways smiles on him when he plays in a Chibuku con­test.

“I al­ways feel con­fi­dent and have this be­lief that I will score in the Chibuku Su­per Cup. I put the same ef­fort when I am play­ing in a league match. Maybe I am just lucky with this Cup,” he said. Ngodzo scored Caps United’s con­so­la­tion in the 86th minute as Makepekepe mounted a late surge, but the Sun­shine Boys stood their ground. Makepekepe coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe, who has hoped to see his boys fired up af­ter los­ing three games in a row go­ing into this semi-fi­nal, was nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s very dis­ap­point­ing, nat­u­rally we are dis­ap­pointed I can share

“I think we were su­perb in the first half and cre­ated a lot of chances and we could have been 3 or 4 up by the end of the first half” — Mark Har­ri­son

the feel­ings with ev­ery­one. As a coach it’s about tak­ing responsibility and I am tak­ing full responsibility but what’s dis­ap­point­ing is the fact that it has been the same story, we are fail­ing to con­vert chances,” he said.

“I felt we could have done more in this com­pe­ti­tion to atone for what we have done this sea­son in the Premier League but it was never to be.”

Teams

Harare City: R Har­ri­son, H Chap us ha, TC him w em we, M Much enje(TPio,83’ ),W Manondo, PM pele le, L Muyambo (TS am anja,67’ ),RUc hen a, T Tumba, KM us ha ru, MG a ki( I Wadi,60’)

Caps United: CM vere chen a,JJ an ga no, CMun­z­abwa (KN deb ele,43’ ),S Makatuka, MM wanja le, CK am ha pa( H Zvirekwi, 43’), KN y am upfu ku dz a,JN­godzo,VM us ar urwa, JZhuwa wu( MK ats va iro ,88’), MN cube

Wil­liam Manondo

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