Harare- Zimbabwe’s representatives in the Orange CAF Confederation Cup lost at home to Zanaco of Zambia, in the tournament’s 1st round first leg match played on Saturday at Rufaro stadium in Harare.
Two goals from either half by Zambia’s Aubrey Funga and a beauty free kick by Rodrick Kabwe ensured the Zambians will go into the second leg with an edge over their counterparts.
Harare city dominated the first half with their strikers Raphael Manuvire and Kudakwashe Kumwala being main culprits as they wasted several chances.
The sunshine boys could have opened the scoring sheet when their diminutive midfielder Ronald Chitiyo missed a clear header from Jam James in the 15th minute.
They also had another chance to go ahead in the 23rd minute when Tendai Samanja wasted a shot after a beautiful pass from Ronald Chitiyo.
They then missed several chances having an upper hand for the great part of the first half.
Zanaco had to utilize their only realistic chance of the day as Rodrick Kabwe scored a beauty off a Charles Zulu’s cross in the 35th minute.
The teams went to half time with Harare City trailing by a goal to nill.
In the second half Zanaco came a more determined side pressing the hosts from the onset in search for a second goal.
Realising they could not penetrate the Sunshine boys defence they brought in experienced midfielder Isaac Chansa whose inclusion caused more danger for city.
City looked out of sorts with strikers failing to score whilst midfielders hardly created meaningful chances.
However, the hosts were effectively punished by the visiting Zanaco who scored in the 83rd minute with Kabwe getting his second goal from a wonderful free kick.
Harare City got their consolation in the 88th minute from Tanaka Ruzvidzo, with the match ending 2-1.
Zanaco coach Numba Mumamba noted that it was still game on admitting Harare city were the good side of the day.
“First and for most let me thank Harare city for giving us a challenge, it wasn’t an easy game they were organized tactically. We tried our level best as we came here not to defend but to attack and that is what we did,” said Mumamba.
Harare city coach Taurai Mangwiro acknowledged that his side has a tough task ahead but noted they will do they best to win in Zambia.
“I would want to allude that they played well. It’s always tricky going into a game against an opponent you would not have watched played against, but going into the next match we will try our level best to win the game,” concluded Mangwiro.