TRIANGLE – Agrippa Murimba’s solitary strike, six minutes from regulation time, was enough to see Monomotapa into the semifinals of the BancABC Sup8r Cup at the expense of Motor Action on Sunday at Gibbo Stadium.
In the semis, Monomotapa will now face FC Platinum, who beat Highlanders 3-1 on penalties on Saturday.
Just a week after he scored in Monoz’s 2-1 victory over Motor Action in a league match, Murimba was again on target downing his former paymasters, who released him as a free agent at the end of last season.
The 23-year-old FC Maningi product, who had a rather subdued game, scored the all-important goal in the 84th minute after lurching onto impressive Ronald Chitiyo’s through ball.
Murimba finished off the move in style, rounding off two defenders before firing his effort into the bottom right hand corner leaving Mighty Bulls goalie Marlon Jani rooted to the line.
After the match Murimba said: “Today it was just my day, scoring against my former team was just a bonus. I’m just happy to have helped the team.”
Motor Action coach Joey Antipas blamed the defeat on his team’s poor finishing.
“We controlled the game but we lacked the final touch in the final third,” he said.
The two sides who are struggling to find their rhythm in the Castle Premiership also carried that form into yesterday’s cup encounter.
Both teams looked flat in the first half and never really troubled the goalkeepers.
The score line could have been different had either side’s strikers been more clinical in front of goal.
But with both teams meeting coming against the backdrop of poor league results it was no surprise that they failed to create any meaningful scoring opportunities.
Monoz had the first opportunity of the game in the ninth minute, but Charles Rukwanhi pulled his free kick wide from a promising position.
A minute later, another free kick from Douglas Walaza went straight to Monoz keeper Tapiwa Zvaita.
The Mighty Bulls then started to exert some sort of pressure on the Monoz goal with Misheck Mburai’s flashing header and Ngonidzashe Maviri’s acrobatic shot all causing some anxious moments for Zvaita.
Yves Ebabali also brought the best out of Zvaita with a long range shot that was parried for a corner in the 24th minute.
Monoz, however, kept fighting and Murimba could have thrust his side into the lead had his first touch not let him down following a clever move involving Chitiyo and Nelson Meson.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first and it had to take Murimba’s strike to separate the two teams.
Monomotapa: Ronald Chitiyo, Jimmy Tigere, Tapiwa Zvaita, Last Sithole, Clive Boroma, Obey Mwerahari, Charles Rukwani (Praise Tonha 79min), Zvikomborero Biseki, Nelson Melson, Hillary Mugoniwa, Agrripa Murimba.
Motor Action: Marlon Jani, Passmore Bernard, Douglas Walaza, Godfrey Moyo, Clemence Matawu, Misheck Mburai, Charles Mutero, Blessing sande, Nginodzashe Maviri (Dylan Chivandiri 76min), Yves Ebabali