ZIFA Southern Region Division One League pacesetters Bulawayo Chiefs beat Mpumalanga 1-0 to lift the first edition of the Machache Meats Cup at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
Tedius Mugumanya’s header in the 61st minute was all the Rahman Gumbo-coached Chiefs needed to walk away $3 000 richer.
Chiefs were awarded a floating trophy and gold medals for their effort while Mpumalanga took away $1 800 and medals for being runners-up.
Gumbo was happy for his players saying the win was a morale booster in their league campaign after the 0-2 loss at home in Plumtree last Wednesday to former Premiership side Quelaton.
“It was a typical cup game. The win was motivational especially after the loss to Quelaton. We missed a lot of chances. Our chances are still bright for getting promotion to the Premiership,” Gumbo said after the match.
Mpumalanga were denied what looked like a clear penalty by referee Thembinkosi Sibanda in the 67th minute when Lindelani Ncube handled inside the penalty box.
That did not go down well with Mpumalanga assistant coach Mthenjwa Moyo who had no kind words for Sibanda after the match, accusing him of bad officiating.
Police side Black Boots won the third-place play-off after beating Hwange Juniors 2-0 with goals coming from Leroy Ndlovu and Cephas Chinjekure.
Hwange Juniors did not go home empty-handed as they received $850 for coming fourth.