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Harare City boot Caps United out of the ZNA Chairty Shield
06/03/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
We were out of character ... Caps United boss LIyod Chitembwe
 
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ZIMBABWE’S Caf Confederation Cup representatives, Harare City, Sunday qualified for the semi-finals of the ZNA Charity Shield after beating Caps United 4-3 on penalties at Rufaro.

The match had ended 1-1 in regulation time.

The Sunshine City Boys converted all their spot kicks through Chrispen Dickson, Tatenda Tumba, Raymond Uchena and James Jam.

Joel Ngodzo, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzai converted for Caps United but Dominic Chungwa and Leonard Tsipa failed to convert theirs with Chungwa failing to convert a retake.

Harare City were missing most of their key players like Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo, Themba Ndlovu and Raphael Manuvire with coach Taurai Mangwiro opting to try some players from their development side Tanaka Ruzvidzo, Jerry Chipangura and Tumba and the gamble paid off  as they emerged victorious against the Green Machine.

United, parading their new signings including Method Mwanjali who was handed the arm band, former Dynamos midfielders Archieford Gutu, Tafadzwa Rusike and their former left back Ronald Pfumbidzai appeared on course for a victory as they controlled the match with Phineas Bamusi coming close on 14 minutes. But Harare City’s Benson Maglas was guilty of missing a good cross from Ruzvidzo in the 21st minute.

And in the second half, the Green Machine continued to dominate and Leonard Tsipa thought he had thrust his side ahead on 52 minutes from a free kick by Hardlife Zvirekwi but his effort was ruled for an offside.

In the 62nd minute, William Manondo failed to finish off a brilliant cross by Maglas. Six minutes later, Mwanjali was stretchered off the pitch after landing awkwardly and was replaced by Denis Dauda.

Caps United surged ahead on 74 minutes courtesy of Dominic Chungwa who finished off a wonderful delivery from the right.  However, City levelled matters two minutes from full time courtesy of a header by Honey Chimutimunzeve who came in for Maglas on 76 minutes for the match to spill into the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Chitembwe, however, said afterwards they were unfortunate not to win the match as they controlled for the better part of the 90 minutes.

“With Dauda you know you are guaranteed height but unfortunately he was not yet on the pitch. But in terms of numbers we had good numbers in the box but unfortunately we didn’t do what we were supposed to do in terms of making sure the opponents do not get to the box,” said Chitembwe of the goal they conceded.



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“It’s about the character and we were found wanting in that aspect and lost on penalties but I am absolutely happy with the progress we have made in our pre-season preparations.  We are there I think, its work in progress. This is one match we controlled; we were getting more chances but couldn’t score,” said Chitembwe whose side faces Chapungu in the league season opener.

Harare City assistant coach Mkuphali Masuku praised his charges. 

“Caps thought they had it in the bag after scoring that goal; you could see from the body language of the players but this is one thing we are instilling in our youngsters that it’s not over until it’s over. The idea was to give the youngsters like Tanaka and Tumba a chance in a proper game against Caps United and it worked,” said Masuku.


 
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