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PHINEAS Bamusi turned from hero to villain after his attempted cheeky penalty, in sudden death shoot-out, was saved by Ronald Mudimu at Mandava yesterday as Triangle powered into the quarter-finals of the OneWallet Cup yesterday.

Bamusi was almost manhandled by his side’s ‘keeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu who was disappointed by his teammate’s foolish decision to go for a stylish penalty given what was at stake in this contest.

The ‘keeper had to be restrained by his teammates.

Bigboy Mawiwi, the Harare City coach, felt betrayed.

“I know this was a knock-out game and we trained spot kicks since Tuesday and I have never seen my player taking a penalty like that one”, he said.

“We wasted several chances in the first half while they made several blunders. I told my boys at half-time that football is all about scoring and I am bitter about the result.”

Munyaradzi Nyenye even had a chance to win the match for Harare City after Felix Kuswatuka missed the fifth penalty for Triangle, but he blew his chance.

But it was Bamusi’s penalty that plunged a dagger into the hearts of the Harare City players and supporters.

City took the lead inside 11 minutes through Nathan Ziwini’s header before Triangle replied through Nhamo Lameck.

City looked more determined in the first half, enjoying much of possession and creating better scoring opportunities, but they later rued their missed chances.

It did not take too long for the Sunshine Boys to take the lead as their goal, in the 11th minute, when Bamusi curled in an inviting cross for Ziwini to score a free header.

The Lowveld team was forced into an early substitution when right back Praise Tonha was carried off the pitch injured in the 21st minute.

Harare City almost capitalied four minutes later when captain William Mapfumo made a costly blunder, giving away possession to Martin Vengesai who set up Fransesco Zekumbawire who shot well over the crossbar.

The introduction of Kuswatuka was a game changer for Triangle.

Just after the hour mark the big striker (Kuswatuka) shrugged off challenges by City defence to set up Nhamo who did not miss from close range.

“We knew it was going to be a very difficult Cup game but we prepared well all week and my boys were composed in the shoot-out though we looked like amateurs in the first half,” said Triangle coach Biggie Zuze.

Teams

Harare City: M.Nyamupangedengu, M.Nyenye, T.Chioreso, D.Kutyauripo, A.Chivheya, R.Uchena, P.Bamusi, J.Jam, M.Vengesai, F.Zvekumbawire (C.Muvuti 76th min), N.Ziwini (O.Mukuradare 76th min)

Triangle: R.Mudimu, P.Tonha (F.Kuswatuka 21st min) B.Chimwamuchere, W.Mapfumo, J.Tigere, C.Makoto, C.Kamhapa (Blessing Maziwisa 63rd min) B.Juwayeyi, T.Chitora, R.Kawondera (T.Chipunza 63rd min) N.Lameck

Source : The Herald

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