Harare City . . . . . . . (0) 3
Hardbody . . . . . . . . . . . .0
Harare City strengthened their chances of a top eight finish in the Premier Soccer League with a dominant second half performance to overcome a lacklustre Hardbody at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
Report by Henry Mhara Sports Reporter
After failing to break down the struggling Gweru side in the first 45 minutes due to some poor finishing by the strikers and a bit of sheer fortune for the visitors, the City Fathers eventually found the opening through the boot of the outstanding Silas Songani just after the hour mark.
With the confidence flowing, Nathan Ziwini put Harare City in the comfort zone from close range on 73 minutes.
Joana Mangiza’s own goal, off a Ziwini cross, summed up Hardbody’s miserable afternoon.
With the win, Harare City moved into ninth position with 29 points, swapping positions with Caps United, who have the same number of points, but with an inferior goal difference.
Hardbody remain seated at the relegation cut-off point with 19 points.
City coach Bigboy Mawiwi believed his team would finish in the coveted top eight.
“Our realistic chance is to finish in the top eight. We don’t want to give these players unnecessary pressure by demanding a top four finish,” said Mawiwi.
Hardbody assistant coach Conrad Nyambabvu was still hopeful of avoiding relegation.
“The war is still on. I think we will manage. We still have four games at home although it is against big teams. These so-called big teams are not a problem to us, but it seems we struggle against the small teams, which is a worrying thing because those are our competitors in the relegation battle,” said Nyambabvu.
The Gweru side are still to host Highlanders, Dynamos and Motor Action at their Ascot venue.