Harare City self destruct

ZVISHAVANE - Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi was left disappointed with winger Phineas Bhamusi who missed a penalty which saw the Sunshine Boys crash out of the One Wallet Cup first round here yesterday.

The match had ended 1-1 after regulation time and went straight to a penalty shootout and the Sunshine Boys lost 7-6.

Nathan Ziwini had thrust City ahead in the first half while Lameck Nhamo equalised for Triangle in the second half.

Triangle converted their spot-kicks through goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu, Tinei Chitora, Blessing Chimwamuchere, Tichaona Chipunza, Nhamo, Brian Juwayeyi and Jimmy Tigere while Felix Kuswatuka's effort was saved by City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.

In reply, City had converted through Raymond Uchena, Osbourne Mukuradare, Nyamupanedengu, James Jamu, Arnold Chivheya and Tongai Chiworeso with Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye missing.

Bhamusi, however, was the chief culprit of the defeat after he attempted a Panenka penalty but the move backfired as Triangle goalie Mudimu did not dive early.

Instead, Mudimu stood still on the line and easily saved Bhamusi’s attempted measly chip to send the sugar cane farmers into the semi-finals of the eight-team competition.

City goalkeeper Nyamupanedengu was not impressed with Bhamusi and immediately rushed to confront the winger.

Nyamupanedengu was clearly incensed by the winger and was only stopped from assaulting him by his teammates.

Even the Sunshine Boys coach Mawiwi was seething with anger during the post-match interview.

“I have never seen anyone of my players taking a penalty like that,” Mawiwi said after the match.

“I am quite disappointed. It means we are not serious. He is also shattered but the attitude was wrong. He should have done better.

“It's very sad we have lost. It's very unfortunate. We were in total control of the game and we could have wrapped the match in normal time.

“We wasted several scoring opportunities especially in the first half. Life goes on, we need to go and re-group.

His opposite number, Bigy Zuze the Triangle coach was a happy man with the win.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game but we were well prepared. I am happy we progressed and it's always good if we can make it to the finals.

“The boys were very composed in taking those penalties and we are now looking forward to the next game.”

Triangle struggled in the early stages of the match and in truth, it was only a combination of poor finishing and at times good defending that prevented City from getting more goals.                                     

Francesco Zekumbawira, who started for City, wasted a number of good scoring opportunities before he was brought off in the second half.

After going down to Ziwini’s strike, it got worse for Triangle after Zuze was forced to take off injured midfielder Praise Tonha.

The Chiredzi-based side, however, came back fighting in second half and were duly rewarded with Nhamo’s equaliser in the 61st minute.

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