Harare City began their Chibuku Super Cup title defense on a bright note after registering a 1-nil victory over Bulawayo City at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

Bulawayo City may have gone into today’s contest as the underdogs but, however, proved to be the brighter of the two sides with Toto Banda finding himself in a promising position only to head over the bar.

Banda was again handed a glorious opportunity but only managed to fire wide with the goal at his mercy.

The visitors were, however, made to rue their missed chances following an impressive build up involving William Manondo who thrust the Sunshine Boys into a 1-nil lead.

Tendai Samanja was brought in to bring solidity into the Harare City midfield at half time as the hosts sought to preserve their one goal advantage.

That they did with the Sunshine Boy’s resolute in the second half as they successfully held onto their one goal advantage to progress to the quarterfinals of the Chibuku Super Cup.

Harare City head coach Mark Harrison was elated with the win while his Bulawayo City counterpart Bekithemba Ndlovu was disappointed by his side’s failure to take the chances that came their way.

Chibuku Super Cup action resumes on Saturday (tomorrow) with Dynamos and Bulawayo Chiefs locking horns at Rufaro Stadium as FC Platinum clash with Chapungu.

Ngezi Platinum host Herentals at the Baobab Stadium with Black Rhinos clashing with Nichrut in tomorrow’s other fixture.