Chinhoyi, Rujeko reach Copa final

GWANDA - Mashonaland West's Chinhoyi High School powered their way into this year's final of the Copa Coca-Cola tournament after knocking out defending champions Dewure High following a penalty shootout here yesterday.

Chinhoyi emerged 4-3 winners in the shootout after the game had finished goalless draw in regulation time to set a potentially explosive final against last year's losing finalists Rujeko High School from Mashonaland Central.

Rujeko, who lost to Dewure in last year's final at Barbourfields Stadium following a penalty shootout, progressed to the final with a 1-0 win against Chemhanza High in the other semi-final.

In the women's category, defending champions Chidyamakona High are now gunning for a fourth straight title after beating Chipadze High 2-0 in the semi-finals to book a place in the final.

Chidyamakono will now meet Magwegwe, who beat Vimbai 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Chidyamakono, who are from Masvingo province have won the title for the previous three years.

It was Chinhoyi, however who defied the odds with a disciplined performance to knockout pre-tournament favourites Dewure.

Chinhoyi coach Wycliff Kafasu saluted his charges for a job well done adding that they are now looking forward to their maiden title.

“I am happy to be in the final. It was not easy from the beginning but I am glad we have managed to reach this far,” Kafesu said.

“No one gave us a chance especially against the defending champions and i give credit to my players for great performance. We are now looking forward to the final.

“It's everyone's wish to win the title and we are going to give our best to ensure we win.”

Dewure coach Paul Mahutu felt they were unlucky to lose and are going back to the drawing board to ensure they come back a better side next year.

“I think we played well but it was not enough to guarantee us a win,” Mahutu said.

“We are going back to the drawing board to ensure we bring in fresh blood for next year because most of the players in this team will not be around.”

Having finished top in Group A, Dewure went on to beat Guinea Fowl 2-0 in the quarter-finals but came stuck against a determined Chinhoyi side.

Rujeko made their intentions clear after topping Group C which had Pamushana and Guinea Fowl.

They went on to beat Sobhukazi in the quarter-finals before knocking out Chemhanza, who were also considered favourites in the semi-finals.

Chidyamakono recovered well after finishing second in the group stages behind Magwegwe having only managed two draws.

They went on to beat Nyamauru 2-0 in the quarter-finals before dismissing Chipadze 2-0 in the semi-finals.

Chidyamakono could now become the first team to win Copa Coca-Cola title four times in a role.

The two finals will be played today at Pelandaba Stadium.

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