Zuze on cloud nine

HARARE - Triangle coach Biggie Zuze dismissed claims that his job was on the line after guiding the Chiredzi-based side to the One Wallet Cup glory at the expense of Dynamos at the weekend.

Reports in the last few weeks speculated that Zuze was given a three-game ultimatum by the Triangle hierarchy following a string of poor results in the league where the club is in danger of going down.

The former Monomotapa coach however, masterminded one of the greatest cup upsets when the Sugar Sugar Boys tear the form book apart to emerge victorious 4-3 on penalties.

Before the final, very few people had given Triangle a chance to succeed against their more illustrious opponents.

Zuze’s side however, had the tenacity of taking the lead through Felix Kuswatuka’s first half strike that was eventually cancelled out by Roderick Mutuma’s header.

In the second half, Triangle had to dig deep to defend against the waves of DeMbare attacks and even a red card to defender Jimmy Dzingai did not affect the team’s performance.   

In the penalty shootout, the Triangle players held their nerve and proved clinical from 12 yards out to lift the trophy.

It was the Chiredzi side’s third win on penalties in the same tournament after they beat Harare City 7-6 on penalties in the first round at Mandava Stadium.

The lowveld side then beat Chicken Inn 5-3 on penalties in the semi-finals to book their place in last Sunday’s final.

Zuze was understandably on cloud nine after the victory over DeMbare and took the opportunity to clear the air regarding his future at the club.

“This is my first silverware in my coaching career and I will cherish it for the rest of my life,” Zuze said.

“What a win especially playing with 10 men for larger periods of the game. I think this will bring confidence back into the players and we hope for the best in our last league games.

“I was never given an ultimatum and I only learnt about it from the newspapers. What I know is we have to fight to get out of the relegation zone and this is the win that we wanted to bring back the confidence.

“I think I have done a great job at Triangle thus far. I have assembled a strong team and it’s only unfortunate that we have been losing in the league games. But we are playing some good football.

“I hope this is our turning point and we are now looking forward to survive relegation.”

Zuze added: “What I know is that I have to stabilise my ship against relegation. Whatever happens I will have to hear it first from bosses at the club but in my opinion, I know I have done a great job at Triangle.”  

The two teams were tied up 1-1 after 120 minutes. Veteran striker Kuswatuka had thrust Triangle ahead on 20 minutes while the wasteful Mutuma equalised for the Glamour Boys just before half time.

Triangle went on to convert their penalties through goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu, Praise Tonha, Hillary Bakacheza, and Tichaona Chipunza.

For DeMbare, Tafadzwa Rusike and Thomas Magorimbo were the villians as they send their spot kicks wide while Augustine Mbara, Ronald Chitiyo and Blessing had converted their spot-kicks.

Comments (2)

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