HARARE – Defending champions Harare City strolled into the quarter-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup with a convincing victory over struggling Border Strikers here yesterday.
In-form striker Jerry Chipangura, Ronald Chitiyo, Farai Madhanaga and Willard Manondo were on target for the Sunshine Boys as they seek to finish the season with some silverware after a difficult league campaign.
It was a disappointing start for new Border Strikers coach Luke Masomere, who replaced Never Malunga following a string of poor results.
The result could have been worse for Masomere had the Sunshine Boys utilised a glut of chances that came their way.
The former Dynamos, Shabanie Mine and Masvingo United coach was however, encouraged by his team’s performance insisting his mission is to save the side from relegation.
“I think it was good to see my boys training, I first trained them on Wednesday and this was my second day with them,” Masomere said after the match.
“There is no time right now as I speak because we are really fighting relegation and I am really happy with what I saw, at least I have got somewhere to start from.
“I think we have a lot of work to do because with seven matches left, you see the fitness levels of the team are very low because in the second half it was a one-sided affair. But we hope to work in our shortcomings in our next league matches.
“I know I have got the capacity to turnaround the tables and we are going to fight until the last day of the season. We will do all we can to ensure we survive relegation.”
Harare City beat the visitors in their last league encounter and Strikers never posed the threat to upset the hosts as a blunder from visiting keeper Talent Sande, who made a complete mess of a Madhanaga cross, presented Chipangura with the chance to hook home from four yards out after 24 minutes.
Chitiyo, who had replaced Dexter Mawere after the breather, doubled City’s lead with a beautiful strike from the edge of the box just before the hour mark.
Madhanaga added his name to the scoresheet when he was left unmarked inside the box to head home a Raphael Manuvire corner kick right on the hour mark.
Manondo completed the route on 71 minutes with a powerful shot from inside the box to give goalkeeper Gilbert Chigwandaza, who had replaced Sande no chance.
The Sunshine Boys went to create several scoring chances with Chipangura, Manuvire, second half substitutes Tatenda Tumba and Sean Muneka all coming close.
Harare City coach Moses Chunga was pleased with his team’s display.
“Today (yesterday) we played a blinder of a game and we could have even scored more goals,” Chunga said after the game.
“The main thing is we progressed to the next stage. I think we applied ourselves well although there is room for improvement. As you are aware there is a chance of us playing in Africa so it’s extra motivation.
“The youngsters would be motivated to do that and we are going to work hard to ensure we win the Cup.”