TRIANGLE . . . . . . . . . . (1) 3
HARARE CITY . . . . . . . (1) 1
by SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
TRIANGLE returned to winning ways with a masterful performance over an inconsistent Harare City in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Gibbo Stadium yesterday.
After losing to Flame Lily last weekend, the Sugar Sugar Boys notched their fifth win of the season through a goal from Cabby Kamhapa (28 minutes), before Tinotenda Kadewere restored parity in the 45th minute for City.
When defender Themba Ndlovu made a rare blunder in his own half, Triangle’s Richard Kawondera ran through to poke the ball home in the 49th minute.
Striker Hillary Bakacheza scored the third goal of the afternoon in the 88th minute to seal another memorable afternoon for the home side. Triangle head coach Kelvin Kaindu said he was happy with their home winning record.
“I am happy to maintain our winning record at home after we lost away to Flame Lily,” he said.
“I feel Harare City is stronger than all sides we have played so far and a win against them will definitely give us the much-needed boost ahead of another thrilling mid-week match against Chicken Inn.”
Harare City head coach Taurai Mangwiro blamed his side’s defeat on poor defending.
“Our defenders gifted Triangle two cheap goals,” Mangwiro said.
City were punished in the 28th minute when Triangle took advantage of a long throw-in by Charles Rukwanhi to Pasca Manhanga who exchanged
passes with Hillary Bakacheza before the final ball fell to Kamhapa to slot home.
Kadewere, who had two shots saved earlier in the match, finally came right in the 45th minute to pull one back for City.
Zambian international Antony Sakala was introduced in the second half, replacing goal scorer Kamhapa who got injured after scoring the opening goal.
Kawondera then continued with his great start to the season after scoring his fourth this campaign, taking advantage of a blunder by former Dynamos defender Ndlovu who headed the ball into his path.
Kawondera kept his composure by coolly drilling a low shot that beat Harare City goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.
Man of the match Bakacheza added icing to the cake with a fine goal with two minutes remaining on the clock.