Harare City dispatch Byo Chiefs

Harare City.............(1) 2
Bulawayo Chiefs.........0

HARARE - Harare City maintained their unbeaten start to the Castle Lager Premiership season with a deserved victory over Bulawayo Chiefs here yesterday.

The Sunshine Boys treated their home fans to an exhibition of free-flowing football especially in the first half to condemn Bulawayo Chiefs to their first defeat of the season while cementing their bid to finish in top eight.

Kuda Musharu’s first goal for City on 35 minutes set the Sunshine Boys on their way before William Manondo sealed all the three points with his second of the season on 63 minutes.

The win takes the Sunshine Boys’ tally to nine points after five matches.

Harare City coach Mark Harrison lauded his team’s performance but was quick to point that they should not get carried away by the team’s start to the season. 

“We played well today. We pressed well, the movement was good, we opened them up and could probably have got four or five goals maybe. It’s three points and it takes us closer to safety,” Harrison said.

“We are just trying to improve each week. We don’t want to get carried away. It’s only our fifth match of the season and we take it each game at a time. I think we have done a pretty reasonable job so far. We have played five games, three away and two at home, it’s been steady I think.

“If the truth is told we could have got more. I felt we could have got more out of the Mutare City game, but yeah, it’s a decent start.”

The win, however, came with a price for the Sunshine Boys as striker Martin Vengesai had to be replaced by Malvin Gaki while midfielder Moses Muchenje was replaced by Elisha Muroiwa after taking some knocks.

Bulawayo Chiefs coach Garthly Chipuka felt they lost to a better side.

“We don’t want to take anything away from Harare City, they played well and duly punished us,” said Chipuka.

“We lacked concentration in crucial moments of the game and it cost us. I think it’s something that we could have avoided especially at this level of the game.

“We expect our players to react better than we did.

“We were also missing some of our senior guys in Tatenda Chikwede and Farawo Mataure and we hope to come back stronger in our next matches.”

City were by far the better of the two sides and it could have been worse for the visitors had their strikers utilised several chances that came their way.

The second half though offered little in terms of attacking chances with the two sides evenly matched despite the scoreline.

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