MASIMBA Dinyero says he is thrilled to be playing in his first cup final since he started his coaching career.
The Harare City gaffer, who was roped in following the departure of Bigboy Mawiwi has given credit to his charges for the way they imposed themselves on a grand occasion on Sunday when they kicked out Bulawayo champions Highlanders from the semi-final of the $500K Chibuku Super Cup after handing them a 3-0 defeat.
“They were mentally and physically prepared for the match,” Dinyero whose team defeated ZPC Kariba 1-0 in the first round before edging Chiredzi FC 2-1 in the quarter finals.
“They played to instructions and I am really happy with their performance. They worked as a team and Francesco was brilliant, he is a good ball keeper, he has created a lot of chances for the team and had a very good game on Sunday.
“I told them not to give Highlanders room and avoid an early goal which is why we started slowly. I knew from the first round that we would go all the way to the final.”
He added. “It’s going to be an entertaining cup final against FC Platinum because both teams love to play entertaining football but we really want to win the cup.”
FC Platinum now under the guidance of Norman Mapeza booted out Black Rhinos following a 1-0 victory in the first semi-final on Saturday.
But it was Harare City who stole the show with their offensive display which annihilated their more experienced opponents – Highlanders with former Dynamos big striker Francesco Zekumbawire leading the rout.
The striker scored a beautiful goal at the end of the first half and provided an assist for Martin Vengesayi’s third goal after substitute William Manondo also a former FC Platinum player had scored the second goal.
The defeat was Highlanders’ fourth straight loss having been thrashed 4-0 by rivals Caps United a week ago.
It was also the second defeat to Harare City this season after they were handed a 1-0 defeat in the league two weeks ago with Zekumbawire deciding that contest.
But Highlanders had taken control of the match in the first half only to surrender their dominance after Bruce Kangwa and Eric Mudzingwa were pulled off through injuries in the 31st and 35th minutes with Simon Munawa coming in for Kangwa while Tapiwa Dephistara replaced Mudzingwa.Advertisement