Harare City.............................(1) 1
Harare City produced a vintage display to outplay Shabanie Mine in a cracking Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Gwanzura yesterday.
A Crybert Muvuti effort on the stroke of half time was all Harare City needed to send the drum beating Shabanie Mine supporters into silence mode.
“We had a cutting edge deficit in our previous matches, but today the boys rose to our expectations and we hope to build up on this win on our next assignment to Hwange,” said Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi.
His counterpart Luke Masomere said it was just a bad day in the office as they could have bagged a draw or even chalked up a win.
“We missed a lot of chances and we could have taken the lead when we were awarded the penalty in the first half but every dog has its own day,” he said.
Shabanie could indeed have taken the lead in the 43rd minute when they were awarded a penalty kick after Pervington Zimunya’s cheeky back heel was handled by
Harare City skipper Godfrey Nguwodzawo, but the country’s leading goal scorer Nelson Maziwisa failed to convert from the resultant kick.
It was Harare City who took the initiative on the 45th minute when a superb free kick by Silas Songani was flicked by Crispen Dickson to the head of Muvuti who gave Roy Mazingi in goals for Shabanie no chance.
In the second half, City could have put the score to double figures but man of the match Mazingi kept the score sheet at respectable levels.
Harare City: T Nyamadzawo, C Muvuti, R Uchena, G Nguwodzawo, E Tapera, W Nyamusaka, R Maketo, S Songani, J Nomore, C Dickson, T Chawapihwa (N Ziwini 73min)
Shabanie: R Mazingi, P Zimunya, S Choyenda, P Mudenha ( R Sibanda 69min), P Sithole, E Phiri, T Rukanda, R Mwale, N Maziwisa (C Masocha 63min), S Muchabayiwa, W Ngonya.