Blue Ribbon…………………(1) 4
Shabanie Mine……………..(0) 0
A Felix Kuswatuka brace and a goal each by Charles Rukwanhi and Erea Phiri helped Blue Ribbon demolish Shabanie Mine in a Mbada Diamonds Cup match played at Ascot Stadium yesterday, to earn a quarter final berth in the mega rich tournament.
It was perfect return to Ascot which used to be home to Blue Ribbon coach Misheck Chidzambwa before he was fired as Chapungu coach at the end of the 2003 season.
It was also a fine afternoon for Blue Ribbon who recorded their third win in 16 competitive matches, with the other two being back to back wins over Dynamos in league matches.
With yesterday’s resounding victory, Blue Ribbon earned a date in the last eight with Banc ABC Supe8r champions Motor Action who beat Monomotapa 2-1.
An elated Chidzambwa commended his charges for utilising the few chances that came their way and dismantle a Shabanie Mine side they drew three-all in each of their league matches.
“I am very happy with the result. It shows we had done our homework very well because that team (Shabanie) used to trouble us in the league. We took our chances and we did not allow them to come back. We will take each of the next games in this tournament as they come,” said Chidzambwa.
His opposite number Luke Masomere rued the chances that went begging for his side.
“We got more chances than Blue Ribbon but they just converted the few chances they had even where they had half chances. We failed to score where it was easy to do so and we paid for that.
All in all we lacked quality unlike them,” Masomere said.The match started on a slow pace but Blue Ribbon always looked more likely to score. The Harare side got their opener in the 18th minute when Shabanie Mine goalkeeper Roy Mazingi spilled Rukwanhi’s seemingly harmless free kick into the nets.