Shabanie lift Sup8r Cup

ZVISHAVANE – Shabanie Mine are the 2013 BancABC Sup8r Cup champions after a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over FC Platinum in a pulsating final at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

The Luke Masomere coached side converted all their spot kicks while Zambian import Obrey Chirwa was the villain after missing Platinum's fourth penalty effort.

Shabanie Mine got $120 000, a trophy and winners medals for their efforts while losing finalists FC Platinum got $70 000.

Blessed Mbavarira, Valentine Ndaba, William Ngonya, Victor Twaliki and Man-of-the- match Tafadzwa Mombeshora scored for Shabanie Mine during the penalty shootout while Daniel Veremu, Winston Mhango and Thabani Kamusoko found the target for FC Platinum.

The regulation period was a game of two halves as Shabanie Mine dominated proceedings in the first half of the game while the second half belonged to Platinum.

Shabanie began the game like a house on fire and their chief striker Tarisai Rukanda had three headers going off target in the first 10 minutes of the match.

FC Platinum's Zambian defender Aaron Katebe had a torrid time against Rukanda and had to resort to unlawful means to try and contain the forceful forward which led to Shabanie winning some set pieces in good positions.

And from a couple of those dead ball situations, Shabanie midfielder Pervington Zimunya tried to beat Platinum keeper Francis Tizayi on his far top corner but found the keeper equal to the task as he managed to tip the ball over the bar on both occasions.

Shabanie kept their opponents pinned into their own half for the better part of the first half but in the second half the platinum miners turned the game on its head following the introduction of Tatenda Mudehwe for Welcome Ndiweni on 46 minutes.

Mudehwe started asking questions of Shabanie Mine's veteran defender Philip Sithole on the left flank and Platinum further took control of the match after the introduction of Chirwa for Charles Sibanda on62 minutes.

Sithole was a first half replacement for Pardon Marima who limped off injured after just 18 minutes of action.

The sustained spell of pressure failed to produce any goals and the pendulum eventually swung in Shabanie's favour after Masomere made a double change when bringing on Valentine Ndaba and Fungai Chirinda for Pervington Zimunya and Frankson Bushire on 81 minutes.

This duo proved to be super substitutes for Shabanie in their semifinal victory over Dynamos a few weeks ago and they did not disappoint as the asbestos miners immediately came alive after their introduction.

Erea Phiri wasted a good chance to grab the winner for Shabanie just a minute after Ndaba and Chirinda were introduced when he ballooned his effort way over the bar after some good work by Rukanda.

Play was balanced during the extra time period and both sides had a couple of chances to win it which they however failed to utilise.

The ugly face of hooliganism briefly reared its head midway through the second half after some fans pelted referee Norman Matemera with missiles leading to a two minute stoppage.

Matemera had courted the fans' wrath after letting play continue after Rukanda had been brought down by a couple of FC Platinum players.

Teams:

Shabanie Mine: Victor Twaliki, Blessed Mbavarira, William Ngonya, Pardon Marima(Philip Sithole 18 min), Smart Muchabaiwa, Tafadzwa Mombeshora,Frankson Bushiri(Fungai Chirinda 81 min, Erea Phiri, PervingtonZimunya (Valentine Ndaba 81 min), Caleb Masocha, Tarisai Rukanda.

FC Platinum: Francis Tizayi, Raphael Muduviwa, Elvis Moyo, Daniel Veremu, AaronKatebe, Welcome Ndiweni (Tatenda Mudehwe 46 min), Thabani Kamusoko,Winston Mhango, Charles Sibanda (Obrey Chirwa 62 min), Donald Ngoma(Mitchelle Katsvairo 89 min), Nelson Maziwisa.

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