Relief for wasteful Harare City

HARARE - Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro reckons they have a lot of work to do after watching his side conceding two away goals whilst waste several scoring opportunities before snatching a late 3-2 win over AS Adema in the African Confederation Cup first leg, preliminary round on Saturday.

The Sunshine Boys looked on course for an emphatic victory following first half strikes by debutants Ronald Chitiyo and Rapheal Manuvire.

Harare City substitute Tanaka Ruzvidzo, left, charges towards goal during Saturday’s match against AS Adema at Rufaro Stadium. Pic Anne Mpalume.

But they allowed the visitors to come back into the game and level the scores before a late Manuvire strike salvaged a win for City.

It was, however, the manner in which Mangwiro’s charges missed several scoring opportunities before conceding two goals that could be crucial for AS Adema in the return leg in two weeks.

“We were careless in the manner in which we defended. If you become that careless you will be punished,” Mangwiro said after the match.

“I still feel the result is good for us and we can go Madagascar and rectify were we did wrong today.

“We have big decisions to make going forward. There are times when you feel you are almost there but then you play a game like this and you see a number of grey areas.”

Mangwiro’s counter-part Menakely Ruphiy was happy with his team’s performance saying they now expect to finish off the job at home.

“We are satisfied with the result given the travelling arrangements that we had,” Ruphiy said.

The scoreline however, does scant justice to the manner in which Harare City were so dominant especially in the first half.

The visitors goalkeeper Tsivery Andrimiarintsoa also did a good job pulling a couple of fine saves to block the marauding City forwards led by Chitiyo and Manuvire.

In the opening two minutes of the match giant striker Francesco Zekumbawira directed his effort straight to the goalkeeper after being set through by Chitiyo while Manuvire sent the re-bound over the bar.

City continued to dominate but only got the opener after 38 minutes when Chitiyo coolly dinked over Andrimiarintsoa.

While AS Adema were still trying to re-organise, Manuvire doubled City’s lead with a speculative shot from outside the box which took a deflection from a defender before going in.

In the second period, the visitors came back a rejuvenated side and equalised just two minutes after the restart when an unmarked Nomenjanahary Rajaoniasy headed home from inside the box.

The visitors grew in confidence and were always a threat each time they surged forward.

Adema were on level terms four minutes later through Voavy Kassah, who converted from the penalty spot after Blessing Moyo brought down Jaotombo Bourahim inside the box.    

From there onwards the visitors matched City man-for-man.

However, the home side needed a moment of brilliance from Manuvire two minutes from full time to win the match as he beat two Adema players before unleashing a powerful shot from the edge of the box that beat Andrimiarintsoa.

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