Hwange ready for Shooting Stars

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Hwange Football Club are looking beyond Shooting Stars as the two teams meet in the first round of the inaugural Mbada Diamonds Cup at the weekend.

The venue for the match which had been scheduled for Barbourfields Stadium is yet to be confirmed.

Chipangano spokesperson Burzil Dube on Tuesday hailed the sponsors of the tournament and said it was a positive development that the winners of the competition would represent the country in the 2012 Caf Confederations Cup.

Dube said they were comfortable playing at Barbourfields.

“We are more than happy about the draw and Barbourfields is our second home. Ask Highlanders, they know that. It is a positive development that the winners of the Cup get to represent the nation in the Caf Confederations Cup and as for us we are looking beyond Shooting Stars,” Dube said.

The coal miners, who beat Highlanders 1-0 at Emagumeni in the first half of the Premiership, have been inconsistent in the league and have been static on position six on the log-standings.

Last Sunday they collected three points beating struggling police side Black Mambas through a goal by Malvern Longwe after displaying a shoddy performance.

Dube on Tuesday said those were bygones.

“Just like any team that is coming from a break one is bound to perform below par, but the bottom line is we got the three points. That is water under the bridge now and we are looking forward to the coming games,” Dube said.

Chipangano beat Shooting Stars 2-0 at the Colliery to register their first win in the 2011 Premiership in May after having gone for six matches without a win through goals by Sizalobuhle Dube and Thonisani Sibelo.

They are yet to meet for the reverse fixture in Harare. It is their second time in a Cup tournament this season and starting the campaign away from home.

Chipangano lost 2-1 to Dynamos in the quarter-finals of the BancABC Sup8r Cup at Gibbo Stadium in the small sugar town of Triangle in July.

The first round matches of the Mbada Diamonds Cup have been spread across the country with most of the teams save Dynamos and Caps United playing in neutral venues.

Dynamos and Caps United meet at the National Sports Stadium while Bulawayo giants Highlanders take on neighbours Zimbabwe Saints at the Colliery.