How Mine date Harare City

BULAWAYO - How Mine and Harare City will battle it out for the 2017 Chibuku Super Cup after they won their semi-finals in contrasting fashions on Sunday.

Harare City did it the hard way as they battled out for a 1-0 win over Bulawayo City with Martin Vengesai netting the all-important goal in the early semi-final.

On the other hand, How Mine proved too strong for Shabanie Mine as they ran out 3-1 winners in the second semi-final.   

Kuda Musharu scored in the first minute for the Bulawayo-based gold miners before Tinashe Makanda netted a second half brace.

Bruno Mtigo scored the Shabanie Mine consolation in added time.

This is the first time How Mine have reached the final of the competition while Harare City will be looking forward to win their second title to add to the one from 2015.  

Harare City and How Mine will now meet in the final early next month and will battle it out for the $75 000 cheque at stake.

There is also another incentive of representing Zimbabwe in next year’s African Confederation Cup.  

Harare City coach Philani Ncube was happy that his team had got into the final.

“This club has a good history in this competition and I did not want to be the one to spoil it. As far as I am concerned this is an achievement because after we failed to collect maximum points against Chicken Inn we sat down and adjusted our focus on winning this semi-final,” Ncube said.

“I am happy for the boys and the support we are getting from executive, council and the supporters.”

Bulawayo City coach Mandla Mpofu praised his team for a good performance despite not making it to the final.

“It was a game of two halves. We had our chance in the second half. We are not looking down and I think we gave a good account of ourselves, we could have pulled one back but we were not lucky,” Mpofu said.

How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu was impressed with his team’s performance.

“We thank God we are in the final. We had rested some of our players during the week and people will now believe our strategy worked,” Kaindu said.

“We are going to prepare well for the final and we hope to win it.”

Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi thought his team did well despite the loss.

“Being in the semi-final is an achievement for us. We played well but it’s unfortunate we conceded an early goal,” he said.

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