CAPS, Triangle, DeMbare, Harare City await Chibuku draw

HARARE - The 2018 Chibuku Super Cup is now headed for an intriguing finish after defending champions Harare City, CAPS United, Triangle United and Dynamos booked their semi-final places at the weekend.

These four teams will now be eagerly awaiting the outcome of the draw which will be held in due course.

Harare City got the ball rolling on Saturday when they beat Highlanders 2-0 in a quarter-final encounter at Rufaro Stadium.

First half goals from Wilfred Muvirimi and William Manondo deflated Bosso, who had missed an early penalty when Adrian Silla’s effort was saved by City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.

Sunshine Boys coach Mark Harrison was pleased his side overcame Highlanders in the last eight clash.

“I’m glad we are in the semi-final because it was a bit of a war outside there,” Harrison said after the win.

“I thought the first 30-35 minutes we had a good control of the game. They had a penalty which gave them an opportunity but they wasted it.”

Harare City are the most successful side in the competition since its return as they have won two titles out of a possible four.

It’s highly likely that the other three teams would not want to meet the Sunshine Boys in the semi-finals due to their good form in this competition.

Also on Saturday, CAPS United booked their last four berth with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.

The tie had finished goalless in regulation time before Joel Ngodzo, Milton Ncube, Method Mwanjali, and Justice Jangano all scored their spot kicks for Makepekepe. Captain Hardlife Zvirekwi missed his.

Unfortunately for Chapungu, only Phillip Marufu, Allan Tavarwisa and Edmore Muzanenhamo were successful from 12 yards out while Tapiwa Kumbuyani missed the target and Blessed Mbavirira’s spot kick was saved by Makepekepe substitute goalkeeper Criss Mverechena.

Makepekepe coach Lloyd Chitembwe was pleased that his side had negotiated their way into the last four despite Chapungu’s resistance.

“Like I predicted, it was always going to be a difficult game but... we did enough to win the game especially in the first half,” Chitembwe said.

“We created some very good opportunities but it was not our day in terms of converting them into goals but the game plan was always to dominate between the lines and make some good runs behind their defence.”

Triangle were the biggest winners in the quarter-finals when they demolished Nichrut FC 5-1 at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.

The Sugar Sugar Boys skipper Ralph Kawondera scored a brace while Collins Dhuwa, Russel Madamombe and Delic Murimba chipped in with the other goals.

Veteran forward Washington Pakamisa netted the consolation for the Cyanide Boys.

Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro is now looking forward to the semis.

“To be crowned champions, you have to beat the best and we are ready for any of the teams,” Mangwiro said.

“It’s good that four games are needed to win this cup competition, we are left with two games and we need a strong finish to the season so it was important that we win.”

DeMbare booked their semi-final slot with a nervy 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Herentals at Rufaro on Sunday.

The tie ended 1-1 in regulation time with Quality Kangadzi opening the scoring for the Glamour Boys while Blessing Majarira equalised from the spot for the Students.

In the shoot-out, goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinani emerged the hero for DeMbare as he saved two penalties from Edgar Mhungu and Achmore Majarira.

DeMbare coach Lloyd “MaBlanyo” Chigowe knows that a lot is at stake for his side as they are still fighting relegation.

“Unfortunately, we are fighting on two fronts; every week from now on is going to be like a cup final. We will give it all our best to make sure that we salvage something from this season,” Chigowe said.

“But we should not lose focus of the fact that Dynamos need to survive relegation and be part of the Premiership and ensures the brand lives on.”  

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