It was a nerve wrecking experience after the match ended nil all in normal time leaving it to be decided on penalties.
Chris Mverechena who replaced Prosper Chigumba in goals at the stroke of full time saved one spot kick.
We converted our penalties through Joel Ngodzo, Milton Ncube, Method Mwanjale and Justice Jangano. Captain Hardlife Zvirekwi was denied by the woodwork but we had done enough homework to progress to the next stage of the tournament.
After the match, coach Lloyd Chitembwe was equally satisfied with the boys’ performance.
“We know what Chris is capable of doing, it is not the first time he is good at stopping penalties. Prosper did well during the match and Chris also did very well during the shootouts.
“It was a very difficult game like we anticipated but I felt we did enough to get the goal in the first half. You cannot win if you have not played the last game but we are very excited to be here and we will give it a fight till the end,” said the coach in the post match interview.
Here is how the teams lined up:
Chapungu: T Shumba, E Chitauro, H Mugoniwa, C Kwaramba, B Mbavarira, E Muzanenhamo, I Nyoni (T Kumbuyani, 90’) J Jam, R Manuvire (P Marufu, 56), A Tavarwisa, C Rupiya
CAPS United: P Chigumba (C Mverechena, 90’), M Ncube, K Nyamupfukudza, J Jangano, M Mwanjale, C Kamhapa, V Musarurwa, J Ngodzo, B Muzondiwa, A Chidiebere (H Zvirekwi, 89’), W Mutasa (T Chiunye, 52’).
We now shift our focus to Premier soccer league action where we play Dynamos on Sunday at Rufaro stadium in a rescheduled match day 24 fixture.
Training will resume on Tuesday at Old Hararians Sports Club.