21 August 2017

Philani Ncube

HARARE City’s lack of depth was exposed by Bulawayo City at Barboufields on Saturday when they lost 1-0.

In the absence of Jerry Chipangura, Protash Kabwe and Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Harare City looked different from the side that was ruthless against Shabanie Mine.

In the end, target man Honey Chimutimunzeve did not give much impact, there was few meaningful attacks on the right while Tendai Samanja fought a lone battle in midfield.

Farai Madhananga was outstanding coming from the left back but that still could not save the Sunshine Boys.

Coach Philani Ncube admits that they were far from being impressive.

“We struggled in the first half and improved in the second half. But we failed as a team and conceded a goal last minute. It is one of those things,” said Philani.

“We were playing a team that was fighting from the onset. We lost in the dying minutes as a result of loss of concentration and experience. We didn’t avoid that cross. Defensively, we did not do well.

“We still have the same objective of fighting relegation and this game is now history. The chances are still there, it is still 50-50,” he said.

Bulawayo City coach Mandla Mpofu was impressed by his charges fighting spirit, saying they had accepted a draw before that last minute winner.

“It is a game to celebrate after I as a coach had thought we were to share the points. At times you need luck and we scored in the last minute.

“But I thought we should have scored in the first minute of the first half. We should have put that one away,” Mpofu said.

Although Harare City were not at their best, Bulawayo City still did not take full advantage.

“I wasn’t happy in the first half and second half. I introduced young Clive and he gave us something different. But again we lost Innocent Kutsanzira in the second half. But again the person I brought in Morris Kadzola did very well considering he is a right back.”

Bulawayo City did well last season and they will be expected to maintain the same standards.

“The only way now is to win games so that we can climb the ladder and think about our next game.

“I think it is a good motivator. I don’t like to talk about the opposition but in the first half they never created an opportunity and they never troubled us. Maybe in the second half that is when they came back into the game,” said Mpofu.