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20/09/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Hard work paying off ... ZPC boss Sunday Chidzambwa

ZPC Kariba 3-0 How Mine

ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa says all the hard work of the last few weeks is now paying off after his side thumped troubled How Mine at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday to reach the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup.

From 12 matches, Chidzambwa has won just four-two in the league and two in Chibuku Super Cup after they knocked out Caps United in the first round and Sunday’s result shows things are coming together.

“At least today (Sunday), we managed to put away the chances that came our way unlike in other matches where we struggled with our finishing.

“We have been working hard in the last few weeks and its starting to pay off.

“We are playing as a team, from the defence right to attack and we have a motto that we are one team and we don’t point to individuals in the team,” Chidzambwa said.

Protasho Kabwe headed home the opener in the 27th minute after he was fed by double scorer Raphael Manuvire from the left side.

Three minutes before the breather, veteran striker Limited Chikafa’s long cross from the left was fumbled by How Mine keeper Notice Dube and in the ‘wrestling’ that ensured, Kabwe came out with the ball and laid it to Manuvire.

The left footed striker took one step and slotted in coolly past Moses Gutu who had rushed to cover the line as Dube was in no man’s land.

Ten minutes after the breather, Manuvire won a free kick from outside the box and he curled in a sweet left footer away from Dube to complete his brace.

“I think Raphael is a good player, but I don’t think he has reached his peak yet,” said Chidzambwa of the player who spent last season on the side-lines after breaking his leg in a league match against Chapungu.

Interim How Mine coach Jeremiah Makota said: “I think we played well, we gave our soft goals and we will be working on that as we go forward.

“You can see that we are in the relegation zone so our immediate task is to avoid relegation.”

Makota replaced Luke Masomere on Thursday after the former Shabanie Mine coach was fired for poor results after seven matches without a win, including a 5-1 drubbing by Highlanders, 2-1 home loss to lowly Tsholotsho and a 3-0 humiliation by FC Platinum last Wednesday at Luveve.

ZPC will now face Harare City in the semi-finals while Dynamos take on Chapungu.


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