HARARE CITY FC advanced to the second round of the Caf Confederations Cup after coming from a goal down to claim a 3-1 win against AS Adema of Madagascar in their Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round second leg tie away from home on Sunday.
They qualified on a 6-3 aggregate victory after they had beaten their opponents in the first leg in Harare 3-2. The Sunshine City Boys will now face Zambian side, Zanaco, in the next round.
New signing, Raphael Manuvire, the scorer of a brace in his team’s 3-2 win in the first leg in Harare two weeks ago, was on the score sheet once again, claiming the visitors’ opener on 52nd minute to cancel out Rahman Bernadin’s 43rd minute lead in the process.
Edwin Madhanaga put City in front on 65th minute before first half substitute, Kuda Kumwala, completed the comeback three minutes later.
Harare City coach, Taurai Mangwiro, made changes to the team that played in the first leg with Raymond Uchena and Munyaradzi Dironyenye named in the starting line up as full backs.
It was the visitors who started the match brightly but could not fashion out any meaningful attack.
Adema got their first meaningful attack on 40th minute which resulted in a corner, but they could not trouble Tafadzwa Dube in goal for City from that set piece.
The home side, who scored their two away goals from set pieces soon got another one just outside the City box when Dironyenye needlessly committed a foul and the visitors were punished.
Manuvire could have equalised as the halftime whistle drew closer, but missed a sitter from close range and a minute later, Kumwala came even closer only to be denied by the crossbar with AS Adema going to the break leading and on course for qualification to the next stage.
However, Manuvire, who scored a brace in the first leg, scored his third goal of the campaign, making up for his glaring miss earlier on to give his side the all-important away goal.
Madhanaga made it two just after the hour mark and moments later, Kumwala killed off the match as a contest with a cushion goal.
Harare City FC line-up
Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Dironyenye (Gilroy Chimwemwe, 80’), Themba Ndhlovu, Ray Uchena, Arnold Chivheya, Edwin Madhanaga, Tendai Samanja,
James Jam, Raphael Manuvire (William Manondo, 86’,) Ronald Chitiyo, Francisco Zekumbawira (Kuda Kumwala, 42’)Advertisement