Harare City Survive AS Adema Scare
Raphael Manuvire saved Harare City from an embarrassment with a late goal that earned his side a 3-2 win over visiting Malagasy side AS Adema in Saturday’s Caf Confederations Cup preliminary round, first leg match at Rufaro Stadium.
With City surrendering a 2-0 lead and allow the Indian Ocean Islanders to pull back and level matters, Manuvire scored his second goal of the afternoon four minutes from time as the contest headed for a draw.
City had taken the lead with successive first half strikes from Ronald Chitiyo and Manuvire as they hinted to go on a rampage.
But Taurai Mangwiro’s side will now had extra work to do when they visit As Adema in two weeks’ time after their opponents grabbed what could turn out to be two important away goals.
AS Adema took long to adjust in to the match as City started on the offensive with Francisco Zekumbawire and Chitiyo missed good chances early into the match.
As the visitors got into the match, City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu and center back Arnold Chivheya had tough times in thwarting danger as Blessing Moyo was in the process cautioned for rough play in trying to contain Adema forwards.
Zekumbawire was on a number of occasions guilty of missing good chances for the hosts.
Chitiyo then broke the deadlock in the 37th minute from inside the box with a cool shot.
Two minutes later, Manuvire doubled the advantage as he profited from a howler by AS Adema goalkeeper as City went to the break leading.
Nome Florent pulled one back for Adema just minutes into the second half AS City appeared disjointed.
City were shaken by Florent’s goal and took some time to regroup and two minutes later Blessing Moyo earned AS Adema a penalty which was duly converted by Voavy Kassah.
Manuvire then saved Harare City from the blushes four minutes before the final whistle by shooting from the edge of the box.