Caps United coach Moses Chunga will be out to inflict more pain on his former club Dynamos in less than a week when the two teams clash in the BancABC final at the National Sports Stadium Saturday.
Chunga, regarded as one of the finest players to have donned the Dynamos shirt, and regarded as a legend at the club, was expected to do his former club a “favour” by beating Motor Action on Wednesday in a league match.
The top two teams are tied at the top of the log and a loss to the Mighty Bulls, and a Dynamos win could have swung the balance in favour of the former Harare giants. But as it turned out, Caps United crumbled like a deck of cards in the first 20 minutes of the match, shipping in four goals in the process.
Chunga will be under the spotlight again when the two teams walk out of the tunnel today.
The outspoken coach has maintained that although he has a natural soft spot for his former club, he will not do them any favours, making today’s BancABC final a very tough affair.
The significance of the derby today could not be over-emphasized. Besides the trophy and the $40 000 cash on offer, there are also bragging rights that go with the match.
The two teams naturally hate to lose to each other and so do their fans, with the losers on the day expected to be on the receiving end of taunts in the next couple of days.
“We are prepared for the big clash, we know what it means to the players and the fans,” said Caps United captain Nyasha Mukumbi yesterday. “We will try to play better than we did against Motor Action, and obviously this one is totally different from a league match. The derby always comes with this great tension which is different from the one you get when you play a league game,” added the Caps United captain.
Unlike in their previous outing in the league that ended in a goalless draw, there will be a winner at the end of the day today.
Dynamos captain Desmond Maringwa said his team’s aim is to collect everything on offer this season.
“It’s a bit special for us, we really want to win this one,” said Maringwa. “We are up for the task and we want to continue with our good form. We haven’t won the cup since its inception and to win it is a plus for the team. We want to collect everything that is on offer this season,” added Maringwa.
DeMbare already havethe Independence Trophy and the Zaoga Jubilee Charity Cup in their cabinet.
Meanwhile, acting PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele said he is happy that the beleaguered competition, which for months has been wobbling on the brink of becoming a no-show will finally be played today.
“We appreciate that we still have the sponsors BancABC who stood by us and allowed us to resolve our problems,” said Ndebele.It is our hope after tomorrow’s (today) final that we will have them sponsoring us again next year.
“It’s unfortunate that members of the league don’t value the importance of the sponsors. My appeal to participants is that they should respect the rules and laws of the game and accept defeat with dignity. After all, football is the winner at the end of the day.”