DeMbare seek redemption

Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
FOR Dynamos it will be about winning back the confidence of their supporters and for Highlanders it will be all about revenge when the sides revive their old rivalry in the final of the Bob 90 Super Cup at Rufaro tomorrow.
Dynamos won the Cup last season 6-1 after thrashing Highlanders in a two-legged final and make sure that they extend their domination over the Bulawayo giants which has stretched seven years.

But the disappointment of their elimination from the Champions League still hang heavy on their necks and winning the Bob 90 Super Cup could be the only way to brighten things up ahead of the new season which starts at the end of the month.

The Glamour Boys captain Murape Murape yesterday acknowledged the enormity of the job on their hands but said they were aiming at drawing inspiration from the records, which favour them.

Masimba Mambare

Dynamos have not lost to Highlanders since 2006.
But Bosso have been on a massive rebuilding exercise during the off-season and are looking a better team this year after beefing up with a host of good players.

“It’s a game that is very unpredictable because there are a lot of things coming into play. We have been dominating them for the previous seven years and, obviously, they would want to turn the tables,” said Murape.

“Obviously, Highlanders will be coming here to fight for a win and they are under pressure to do that. But if you ask me I can tell you we want to win this match more than they want it.

“So we are prepared for everything that they want to throw at us. We need to win this match for our fans and for everyone at Dynamos. We have to make amends for that loss we suffered in the DRC last week.

“We are the champions here and that should be big motivation for us.
“So we are asking our fans to play their part and also to remember to be patient where patience is needed. It’s not right to boo the team when goals don’t come as expected. We know they were disappointed by last week’s results but we should look ahead with determination.”
Dynamos suffered a blow with the injury of their vice-captain Tawanda Muparati who is a doubtful starter for tomorrow.

But Masimba Mambare, who quit Bosso to join DeMbare, could face his former team tomorrow.
DeMbare coach Callisto Pasuwa looks set to give a run some of his players who were not registered for the Champions League with new striker Anesu Gondo likely to be handed his first start on the big stage.

Bosso on the other hand were yesterday still assessing mid-fielders Rahman Kutsanzira and Simon Munawa who were nursing knocks.
Besides the duo, Highlanders coach Kalvin Kaindu is expecting all his players to be available for selection tomorrow.

Kaindu could be having a positive headache to set his first XI following the arrival of a number of exciting prospects who include on-loan Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Kuda Mahachi, Joel Ngodzo, Charles Sibanda, Valentine Ndaba, Felix Chindungwe, Khumbulani Banda, Welcome Ndiweni and Mkhululi Dube.

But just like their opponents Dynamos, their strike-force is a cause for concern after losing one of their key marksmen from last season Njabulo Ncube to FC Platinum.

Highlanders captain Innocent Mapuranga was upbeat about their chances this year.
“This should be a very exciting match because there is something big at stake. We cannot run away from the fact that football is a pressure game and the pressure is on both sides.

“But it is very important that we win this time because we all feel that it’s been long overdue since we last put silverware in the cabinet. It will be a good start to our season.

“So, we are going there to put more than 100 percent of our effort to make sure that we achieve what we want. We have been working very hard at training and I am sure we are almost there although there is still some work to be done before the season starts.

“The new guys have fitted into the system well because at Highlanders we believe in family spirit. We are a family and we have been working together quite well during the preparations. We hope to take a good spirit going into the game,” said Mapuranga.

Highlanders beat Harare City at Barbourfields last month to book a date with Dynamos in the final courtesy of goals from Milton Ncube and Peter “Rio” Moyo.

Three teams took part in the tournament this year and DeMbare, as defending champions, had a bye in the semi-final.
Organisers of the tournament were yesterday still working on the prize money.

The Harare Under-15 and Mashonaland Under-15 sides will clash with Kingston Rinemhota’s Mashonaland Under-15 side in the Bob 90 Junior Cup which will be the curtain-raiser to the big game.

Gate charges have been pegged at US$3 for the rest of the ground, US$5 Upper West Grand stand and US$10 for the VIP tickets.
Last year Dynamos pocketed US$110 000 for winning the tournament while Highlanders received US$75 000.
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