HARARE – Silas Songani second half strike was all Harare City needed as they progressed to the quarterfinals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after beating Monomotapa 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Monomotapa started strongly, dominating the proceedings but failed to make it count in front of goal.
During the first half Monomotapa struggled to find a breakthrough against Harare City despite creating good scoring chances.
Harare City’s best chance in the first half fell to Ismael Lawe in the 13th minute. Lawe directed his effort wide with only the keeper to beat after Hillary Mugoniwa did well to square the ball.
“Our boys played very well today however, Monomotapa gave us a good run they played well,” Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi said after the match.
Monomotapa coach Big Zuze said their club is facing financial challenges however, praised his team for a good game.
“For today we failed to utilise chances which came on our way but our aim now is to try to avoid relegation,” he said.
The second half was no different as Monomotapa continued to miss good scoring opportunities.
The first minutes of the second half belonged to Monomotapa as City were forced into their own half with Osborn Mukuradare and James Jam playing second fiddle to Monoz midfielders in the middle of the park.
Songani who had a brilliant game put City ahead in the 67th minute after he scored with spectacular free kick just outside the box.
City continued to create many scoring opportunities especially after the introduction of Crybert Muvuti for Chawapihwa
Monomotapa lost a glorious opportunity to equalise in the injury time when Ronald Chitiyo selfishly shot at goal from an impossible angle instead of passing to a better positioned Lawe, who was unmarked at the edge of the six yard box.