Motor Action will bank on nothing other than their impressive run at Sakubva Stadium when they take on Zimbabwe Saints at the same venue in the Mbada Diamond Cup semi-final match tomorrow.
The Mighty Bulls are almost out of the Castle Lager Premier league title race after disappointing results in recent weeks but have a remarkable success record in all the matches they have played in Mutare this season.
They beat Monomotapa on two occasions earlier this year, in the BancABC and in the first round of the Mbada Diamonds cups. Both matches were played at Sakubva.
The Joey Antipas-coached side will be hoping for similar fortunes when they engage an immovable force called Zimbabwe Saints who have reached this far in the competition in unconvincing fashion though.
Chauya Chikwata bundled Highlanders and Kiglon out of the competition after a scrappy penalty shoot-out and will hope for yet another giant- killing act when they face-off with yet another fancied opponent.
Motor Action assistant coach Prince Matore yesterday admitted his team’s hope for a treble this season is slowly fading away. He said the league title is no longer in their destiny but will be looking to make amends in cup competitions where they have already bagged the BancABC Sup8r cup.
“It always feels good to play in the stadium where you have recorded good results.
“Sakubva feels like our home ground now, we are always very confident whenever we are playing there. We now have a considerable number of supporters there and we are confident they will turn up again on Sunday (tomorrow) to support us,” said Matore.
Matore warned Saints of their defensive play: “They have done so in the past, but maybe they were playing teams with no sharp strikers. This is a cup competition so we will attack them and try to do the job inside 90 minutes. It will be a tough game but we hope to do well and qualify for the final.”
Saints coach Ephraim Chawanda was equally bullish ahead of the tie. He has promised to “park the bus,” again.
“You don’t change a winning team and a winning formula; those are basics of soccer coaching. It will be a highly competitive match because of the rewards. But we have come a long way now and I believe we can do it. We can finish off the job,” said Chawanda.