Harare City bounce back

HARARE - Harare City battled back from a goal down to beat 10-man Bulawayo City 2-1 in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Rufaro Stadium Friday.

Ronald Chitiyo cancelled a Morris Kadzola first half strike before William Manondo converted a contentious spot kick four minutes before full time to ensure maximum points for Moses Chunga side.

It was harsh on the Bulawayo side who looked as though they would pinch at least a draw with a hard-working display.

However, referee Thabani Bamala awarded a dubious penalty and a red card to Bulawayo City defender Brian Chikwenya for blocking Chitiyo’s goal-bound shot with his hand.

TV replays clearly showed that Chikwenya blocked the shot with his shoulder.

Bulawayo City interim coach Try Ncube felt hard done by the referee’s decision after the match.

“We were guilty of losing possession at crucial stages but we did our best and I thought we should have walked away with at least a point,” Ncube said. “I also felt that was not a penalty. I did not see it.”

Harare City coach Moses Chunga said: “It is from hard work that we managed to pick maximum points. We didn’t play our normal game but we still managed to win. We were disjointed but in football sometimes you need luck and we were lucky today.”

Chunga also praised veteran goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, who started between the posts ahead of Maxwell Nyamapanedengu, after he kept the home side into the game with fine saves.

“He (Dube) had a blinder of a game. He kept us in the game. He is an experienced player and we hope he will give us more of that going forward.”

Bulawayo City started as the better side and it was just a matter of time before they would score.

The opening goal would take long to come with Kadzola tapping in a Trevor Ndlovu square ball from the right side right on the stroke of halftime.

In the second half, Bulawayo City set out in a far more rigid defensive style than they did in the first half and the home side found it difficult to carve open opportunities.

The Sunshine Boys finally got the break through 10 minutes from time when Chitiyo capitalised on some sloppy defending by the visitors to connect with a Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye free kick.

Then it was left for Manondo to complete the comeback from the spot after the howler by Bamala.

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