The return of Joey Antipas to Motor Action seems to have spurred the Mighty Bulls to victory after they reached their second major cup final on Sunday.
The Bulls have struggled in his absence — he was in Denmark for some coaching courses — but found form in dismissing Zimbabwe Saints 2-0 in the Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final at Sakubva in Mutare.
The match was delayed by over an hour after a heavy downpour. It rendered the field unplayable for a normal game of football.
And when the match eventually got underway, the Bulls wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard through Tawanda Ushe’s gem of a free-kick.
Saints then dominated the second half before Passmore Bernard’s second goal in the 70th minute.
Said Antipas: “We put up a good show and I think deserved to win the match. We had some problems at the start of second half, but eventually we took control of the match.”
On the final he said: “That would be one big match against Dynamos. It will be a good final.”
After lifting the BancABC Sup8r Cup on September 10 after beating Highlanders 1-0, the road to a treble is still open and it starts at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow against rivals Dynamos in a Castle Premiership match.
The Mighty Bulls lie in third position with 45 points, four off Dynamos and seven off leaders FC Platinum going into tomorrow’s crucial round of matches.
Hwange v Kiglon (Colliery), Masvingo v Highlanders (Mucheke Stadium), Zimbabwe Saints v Black Mambas (White City), Shabanie Mine v Caps United (Maglas), Gunners v Chicken Inn (Lafarge), Dynamos v Motor Action (Rufaro), Blue Ribbon v Shooting Stars (Motor Action Sports Club)