Harare City’s struggles continue


HARARE – Harare City’s poor start to the season continued when they were held to a goal-less draw by lowly Chapungu in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.

The Sunshine boys, who have won only twice this season, were below-par as they failed to trouble Chapungu yesterday.

With the draw, Harare City remain in 10th place with nine points while the Air Force of Zimbabwe side moved into 13th place with seven points.

The Sunshine Boys should have opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Kuda Kumwala found space on the right before sending in a dangerous cross into the box.

Unfortunately for the home side, there was a mix-up between Farai Madhanaga and Francisco Zekumbawira which resulted in the later miscuing his shot. 

Kumwala was in the thick of things and another mix-up with Madhanaga saw the Sunshine Boys waste a good chance of finding the back of the net.

Sadly, both teams went to the half time break without a single shot on goal.

At least the second half saw a bit of action with both keepers coming into the action.

Chapungu captain Philip Marufu forced a good save from City keeper Tafadzwa Dube from a free kick seven minutes after the break.

Four minutes later, Raphael Manuvire should have given the home side the lead but headed wide a good cross from full back Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye.

At the other end, Chapungu went on a counter attack led by Allen Tavarwisa which resulted with Marufu sending his shot straight at Dube.

City finally got their first shot on target when midfielder Raymond Uchena worked some space outside the box before forcing Chapungu keeper Talbert Shumba to tip his shot over for a corner.

In the end, both teams could not find a breakthrough and had to settle for the draw.

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