Relief for Chunga, Harare City

HARARE - Underfire Harare City coach Moses Chunga was a relieved man after he guided his charges to a 2-0 home win over ZPC Kariba here yesterday.

This was Chunga’s first win at Rufaro Stadium since taking over from deposed gaffer Taurai Mangwiro before the mid-season break.

Defender Crispen Dickson was the unlikely hero when he opened the scoring for the Sunshine Boys after 13 minutes when he heading home a corner kick from William Manondo.

Forward Martin Vengesayi completed the scoring for the home side when he finished off a good team goal on the break right on the stroke of fulltime.

“I think today we showed our pedigree; the guys scored two goals and I’m very pleased with the way we played. It’s a great feeling because this was my first win at Rufaro since I came on board, so I will celebrate the victory,” a relieved Chunga said after the match.

“It’s a great win for us but like I said before we have been playing well of late but it counts for nothing when you don’t hit the back of the net no matter how good the team plays. In the first half we were all over them then cooled down after we scored. ”

The Sunshine Boys are now in eighth place on the log with 23 points following yesterday’s win while the visitors are in fifth place a further points ahead.

ZPC coach Sunday Chidzambwa took a swipe at his players describing their performance as “rubbish.”

“I think it’s a game we should forget about because we played badly in all departments. I think on our side there’s nothing to talk about. We tried to put a bit of pressure in the second half and it never paid off and I think we lost concentration in the end and we got punished,” Chidzambwa said.

“As coaches we all hope for the best but I’m sorry to say that we have hit a very bad patch and we need to work really hard in this second half of the season and try and bring back our form.

“It’s not a difficult task as such if all the players and coaches pull in the same direction. I wouldn’t call it football the way we played in the first half- that’s rubbish...we tried to improve in the second half but there was no aggression, in football you win by fighting sometimes it’s won by individuals but in our team there was totally nothing to talk about.”

Harare City got off to their best possible start after centre-back Dickson rose high from the blind side to head in the opener.

But five minutes after the goal defender Jimmy Tigere was stretchered off the field following a collision with a Kariba defender and in came the youthful Takudzwa Chimwemwe.

Harare City bombarded the visitors’ goal area but their strikers were guilty of missing numerous scoring opportunities.

In the second period, Chidzambwa brought in his first change in the 52nd minute when he pulled out attacking midfielder Daniel Chakupe for a like-minded player Godknows Mangani, who only needed less than 60 seconds to make his presence felt.

Mangani tested City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu with a long range effort but the goalie was well-placed to deal with the strike.

Four minutes later, Chidzambwa made a double substitution bringing on striker Tineyi Chitora for attacking midfielder Never Tigere and another attacking midfielder Protasho Kabwe for centre back Boid Mutukure.

Despite the raft of changes, the visitors failed to regain control of the game with the Sunshine Boys rarely threatened.

With the match heading towards added time, Vengesayi put the result beyond doubt following a counter attack by the home side.

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