BULAWAYO – A ten-man Black Boots side stormed into the Machache Meat Tournament semifinals after a two-goal blitz against Quelaton in the first 10 minutes of the game at Luveve Stadium last Saturday.
Black Boots, who won the match 3-1, had lost midfielder Junior Takavarasha in the dying minutes of the first half after he was red carded for a second bookable offence.
The police outfit scored their opener through Wilfred Muza.
Black Boots looked poised to win when they scored their second through Leroy Ndlovu when Quelaton goalkeeper Bruce Sithole failed to stop a deflected shot.
Quelaton struggled to keep pace with the agile and robust police outfit keeping their opponents out of the match.
Quelaton pulled one back from the penalty spot courtesy before the end of the first half.
Black Boots scored their third goal in the 54th minute, to secure a semifinal berth when Andrew Dzukamanja took advantage of a goalkeeping blunder by Bruce Sithole to slot the ball into an empty net.
“We want to keep on fighting hard. The incentive that is at stake for the boys will motivate them to train harder,” Black Boots head coach Kudzai Mutuda told the Daily News.
“We weren’t in the game and we did not come to the party. All goals were gift goals. It’s a cup game and anything can happen,” Mutuda said.
Quelaton coach Farai Tawachera, said he was disappointed by the performance of his side as they conceded silly goals.
In other quarterfinal matches played over the weekend ZPC Hwange lost 2-0 to Bulawayo Chiefs; Mpumalanga beat Tsholotsho by 1-0.