City continue ascendency

HARARE - Masimba Dinyero declared his side 'hard to beat' before setting them an ambitious target of fighting for the championship despite occupying the relegation zone for the better part of the season.

Dinyero was in buoyant mood after witnessing his side’s demolish How Mine 3-0 on Saturday.

Although Chikurupati fought until the end, the result did little to vindicate their troubles that have seen them being condemned to their ninth loss of the season.

The Sunshine Boys were on song through Francisco Zekumbawire's double that came either side of William Manondo's 22nd minute strike.

“I think if we carry on playing like this, I think we will be a hard team to beat in the next games to come,” Dinyero told reporters after the match.

“If we keep playing like this, I see us finishing in the top three because we are not very far."

His opposite number Sheunesu Chaka,  who has just recently taken over at How Mine on an interim basis, acknowledged the hard road ahead but was optimistic of finding light at the end of the tunnel.

“We have to try and work hard and win the remainder of these games, at least win six of them that will be okay for us,” Chaka said.

City had the wind in their sails as early as the seventh minute when James Jam weaved an intricate pass into the path of Zekumbawire.

The former Dynamos forward duly obliged, taking the ball into his stride with his first touch, before letting loose a short that left Bernard Donovan a bystander.

The gold miners could have immediately replied following a swift counter led by former City captain Godfrey Nguwudzawo.

His cross found on an unmarked Kuda Musharu inside the box but the move was undone by the striker’s tame and misdirected effort at goal.

With Chikurupati pressing high up in search of an equaliser City would increase their lead after Benson Maglasi and William Manondo combed well to produce a work of art.

The two City midfielders exchanged passes at the edge of the How Mine box before Manondo lurched onto the return ball with a first time volley that caught the How Mine backline by suprise.

Although down, How Mine kept their heads high with Wonder Sithole, Nguwudzawo and Warren Dube all causing the home team some anxious moments.

The introduction of Timothy January for Sithole 10 minutes into the second half raised How Mine’s game but it was City who were having the better of the chances.

The home team should have had their third through Vengesai after coming face to face with an open goal only to drag his effort wide with the How Mine defense out of position.

But there would be no denying the Sunshine Boys in the 60th minute.

Chikirupati were left to rue committing to many men in attack when Raymond Uchena’s through pass found Zekumbawire down the centre.

The City striker charged towards goal, looked up and picked his sport to complete his double.

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