Harare City thump Buffaloes

HARARE - Harare City assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika said their big 4-1 win against Buffaloes here yesterday was the tonic they needed after losing in the Chibuku Super Cup final last year under controversial circumstances.

After losing to FC Platinum on penalties in last year’s final, the Sunshine Boys got their 2015 campaign up and running with a convincing win that should send a statement to their rivals.

William Manondo, James Jam, defender Arnold Chivheya and new boy Kuda Kumwala were all on target for Taurai Mangwiro’s men while Jacob Muzokomba got the consolation goal for the Mutare-based army side.

“We played well,” Madzivanyika told reporters after the match.

“We were pressing with three guys in front and building up from there. This means we never allowed them to build up from the back when they wanted to attack us.

“It was a good show from the guys. They played a more purposeful game and we are now looking forward to do well again in the tournament.”

Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka blamed the defeat on lack of concentration.

“We started well and fizzled out,” Chaminuka said.

“We ended up chasing the game. This is big homework for us. But we need to quickly forget about this defeat and plan for next games. We gave them soft goals, especially from set pieces.”

Buffaloes were never in the game and could have lost by a bigger margin.

City showed they meant business when Manondo struck the opener two minutes into the match to open the flood gates for the home side.

From there on, it was one-way traffic for the Sunshine Boys as Buffaloes put up a disjointed display.

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