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Harare City stun Dynamos to lift Chibuku Super Cup


Joy unlimited ... Harare City players celebrate after Saturday's triumph

31/10/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Chibuku champion ... Harare City's Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye on Saturday
 
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Dynamos 1-2 Harare City

FINALLY, the glory that Harare City have been waiting for has arrived.

On Saturday at the National Sports Stadium, City stunned favourites Dynamos to lift the 2015 Chibuku Super Cup after a pulsating final.

And with that came the ticket to represent Zimbabwe in the 2016 Caf Confederation Cup, thanks, once again, to that ultimate party spoiler, City coach Taurai Mangwiro.

He has handed the league title to Dynamos on two seasons in a row, but on Saturday chose the perfect stage to show what he is made of as Francesco Zekumbawire and Kuda Kumwala struck in the 17th and 83th minute to seal a famous victory.

Richard Kawondera scored Dynamos’ face-saver in the 92nd minute.

Perhaps, this erases the pain of the 2014 final against eventual winners FC Platinum, who scored in injury time in that final at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane to level the scores at 1-1 and then forced a penalty win.

Then City cried foul that Walter Musona’s goal had not crossed the line and that City, then under Masimba Dinyero, deserved a free kick before that fateful corner kick that led to the goal.

But this time around, there was no such mourning and Mangwiro, who is due to for a coaching course in Germany in December, is walking tall.

“I am so excited that we won the Chibuku Super Cup,” Mangwiro said at the end of the match.

“Credit goes to the players and the City management for all this; we could not have achieved anything without their unwavering support.

“We kept out simply game plan to get an early goal and if chances come by a second. That worked for us because we came into the match as underdogs and all eyes being on Dynamos.

“They were the favourites and I am happy my guys were not intimidated at all.”


Not his day ... Dynamos striker Rodreck Mutuma wasted a chance in the 66th minute

Ndiraya Future uncertain

Tonderayi Ndiraya, the Dynamos coach is without a win in three matches in all competitions after draws against City and Flame Lily in the league.

On Saturday he watched as his world crumble around him despite support from club president Keni Mubaiwa.



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“It was a difficult match for us and I can only say congratulations to Harare City,” said Ndiraya.

“We tried our best in the match, but we could not get the goal that we wanted in the first half after they had scored.

“That could have given us a chance in the second half, but then we were fighting to get that equaliser and we conceded very late into the match and that killed the match for us.”

Ndiraya had been offered a deal that should he win the cup, then the club leadership would hand him a long term contract at the end of the season, but with this loss, his future certainly hangs in the balance.

Zekumbawire, rejected by Dynamos two seasons ago after a superb season at Hwange, thrust the Harare council-owned side into the lead after 17 minutes, just to show Ndiraya and company what they are missing.

Dynamos striker Rodreck Mutuma had a chance in the 66th minute to draw his side level, but in failing to transform national team form into club level, he connected weakly from a Ronald Chitiyo delivery and the ball was deflected for a corner that City easily dealt with.

Veteran striker Takesure Chinyama, clearly showing signs of ageing, was always second to the ball and on one such occasion in the 70th minute could not rush into the box in time to meet a sweet Chitiyo cross.

Dynamos had a chance to pull one back in the 87th minute but overlapping left-back Ocean Mushure shot into the side netting.

Ndiraya’s charges were their own worst enemies as they opened gaps at the back when
chasing the leveller.

In one such attack, City skipper David Kutyauripo cleared emphatically and substitute Martin Vengesai galloped forward with the Dynamos defence back pedalling.

On the penalty arc, Vengesai took a shot at goal that was parried back into play, but there was no one from Dynamos to clear the danger and Kumwala pounced on the rebound to seal a famous win.

Blessing Moyo, had also taken a crack at goal ten minutes from time that City keeper Maxwell Nyamupandengu easily saved before the Warriors defender was taken out for Kawondera, but it was a case of too little, too late for Dynamos.


 
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