City's fine run continues

HARARE - Harare City continued with their fine run in the Castle Premiership with a victory over strugglers Tripple B here yesterday.

The Sunshine boys found the back of the net through Osborn Mukuradare and Nathan Ziwini to move into second place on the log standings.

City dominated the opening exchanges of the game and raced into an early lead just 16 minutes into the game when Mukuradare headed in Phenias Bamusi’s cross.

The home side did not release their foot off the pedal as they kept on pressing forward and found their second goal after a mistake by Tripple B goalkeeper Tapiwa Mafungain the 24th minute.

The premiership p newcomers’ goalkeeper failed to deal effectively with Bamusi’s corner from the left leaving the ball to fall kindly to an unmarked Ziwini, who headed in.

The first half clearly belonged to Harare City as Tripple B were exposed in every department and could have conceded more goals.

The home side however failed to turn their dominance into more goals wasting away a number of good chances.

After the breather, Tripple B interim coach Peter Manoti brought in Kudakwashe Sibanda for Lloyd Chiwaridzo a and the move stabilised his side’s midfield.

The Bietbridge-based side began to create a number of chances but were let down by some poor finishing.

Simon Maengenie should have equalised after a City defensive mix-up but he shot wide.

Edmore Chafungamoyo went close with a free kick that went just went a minute later.

At the other end, City were beginning to find space on the counter and Godfrey Nguwodzawo wasted a good opportunity for a third when he flashed his effort wide as well.

After the match Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi praised his players.

“We played very well, but our strikers failed to utilise the chances we created. We are going to work on that but I want to give credit to my defenders. I think we have got the strongest defence in the league,” he said.

City have only conceded eight goals which makes them the second-best defence after that of Dynamos which has let in six goals.

Tripple B coach Peter Manoti said: “The first goal was an offside however the boys played very well but we need work harder to collect maximum points.”

Yesterday’s result which was Tripple B’s ninth defeat after 12 games leaves them rooted at the bottom of the log with seven points. - Blessings Mashaya

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