Monoz dump Motor Action

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MONOMOTAPA are in the semifinals of the BancABC Sup8r after overcoming defending champions Motor Action at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle yesterday.

REPORT BY HENRY MHARA IN TRIANGLE

Monomotapa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Motor Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Former Motor Action striker Agrippa Murimba scored the only goal of the match with 10 minutes remaining, rounding off a defender before placing the ball beyond veteran goalkeeper Marlon Jani.

Monoz will now meet FC Platinum in the semi-finals after their triumph over Highlanders on Saturday.

This was the second win for Monoz over Motor Action in successive weeks after their 2-1 win in a league match last week.

Monoz assistant coach Nkululeko Dlamini, holding the fort for coach Biggie Zuze, said: “We knew we were going to beat Motor Action, but the only issue was to tell the boys to guard against complacency. I’m happy with the performance of the team and I hope we will go all the way and win this cup,” Dlamini said. Motor Action coach Joel Antipas was a disappointed man.

“It’s disappointing to lose a match, but it’s all part of the game. We were on top of the situation and dominated the game, but we lacked in the final third,” Antipas, who last week admitted that his team was suffering from a confidence crisis, said.

There was a huge talking point as the match was heading to the break when Jani clearly impeded Murimba inside the box, but referee Mlindeli Ndebele somehow missed the foul and gave the culprit the advantage.

Just like last week, Monoz came back from the break a better side as the ageing Mighty Bulls team struggled to cope with the speed of the match.

Monoz right-back Obey Mwerahari headed over from a corner early on, but the best opportunity would come on 70minutes when Chitiyo escaped on the left channel and squared the ball for Hamilton Masumbuko who casually shot at goal and a defender cleared.

They were almost punished when Edward Tembo wriggled his way inside the box, but shot straight at keeper Jonah Zvaita.

The defining moment came when the troublesome Chitiyo found Murimba who turned defender Godfrey Moyo inside-out to create space for himself before beating Jani on his near post.