Ndiraya, Mapeza clash

Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS coach Tonderai Ndiraya has preferred to be diplomatic ahead of the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final clash against holders FC Platinum at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow, but it’s clear revenge will be high on the agenda for the Glamour Boys. The platinum miners hammered DeMbare 3-1 in the league to stoke the fires in their growing rivalry.

“It’s always difficult to play one team twice in a week. It’s a difficult scenario but there we are, we have got to face the challenge. We lost the last game that we played through what I termed bad defending from my team. “Of course, FC Platinum played well and I also felt we did play well but we let in soft goals so to speak although FC Platinum were the better team on that day. That’s why they won that match, I have to admit.

“But this is a new challenge altogether, a new game altogether and to spice it up it’s a Cup match. We will not want to live in the past. “We want to move forward and indeed we are moving forward. So I think we are going to throw everything at FC Platinum so that we progress to the next round.

“We want to qualify to the next round of the tournament and for us to do that we need to work very Ahard and hope that by the end of the day on Sunday (tomorrow) we would have made it,” said Ndiraya. Last year, Dynamos fell in the first round after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Black Rhinos. The Glamour Boys’ fullback Ocean Mushure said the win over Whawha was the tonic they needed ahead of the clash with FC Platinum.

“I think Wednesday’s win motivated us a lot ahead of this match. A cup game is different from league matches. We need to put maximum effort so that we can qualify to the next round,” said Mushure. But FC Platinum are likely to provide stiff competition. Their coach, Norman Mapeza, said they were bracing for a huge challenge.

“I think this is going to be another massive game but we have to take into consideration that these are two different competitions as well. “In a league game you can lose and still afford to go back to correct your mistakes and the campaign goes on but the bad thing about a Cup game is that once you lose that’s the end of it all.

“I believe both teams want to go far in this tournament, which makes it a difficult game. We know we have to push to the limits,” said Mapeza. The platinum miners are enjoying a rich vein of form leading to Mapeza being chosen Coach of the Month twice in succession. There is so much credit to their forwards, Obrey Chirwa and Brian Muzondiwa, who have been scoring regularly.

Mapeza has all his men in good shape and will be hoping that they could duplicate last week’s performances. “Complacency in football is like a disease which always forces itself on the players. We always talk about it with the players, reminding them that nothing comes on a silver platter. You have to work hard if you want to win a match.

“The fact that we beat Dynamos does not in any way make them an easy opponent. Even that game which we won was not easy. It was our day. “I always say this in football, sometimes you need an element of luck. Dynamos have a strong team and a good coach who has a bright future ahead of him. So we need to give them their respect,” said Mapeza.

The organisers have decided to play double headers in the quarter-finals to allow live broadcasting. Chicken Inn and Chapungu will set the ball rolling this afternoon before the clash between Harare City and Triangle later on. Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final fixtures:

Today:
Chicken Inn v Chapungu (2:30pm)

Harare City v Triangle (4:45pm)

Tomorrow:
ZPC Kariba v How Mine (1:00pm)

Dynamos v FC Platinum (3:30 pm)

N.B All matches played at the National Sports Stasdum