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Diamonds battle


Motor Action shot stopper Marlon Jani has vowed to stop Dynamos’ dominance as the two clubs collide in the country’s richest 16- team tournament, the Mbada Diamonds Cup on Sunday.

The match will be played at the National Sports Stadium at 3pm and will be televised live on Supersport 9.

Speaking to NewsDay Sport at Isheanesu Children’s Home in Glen View 1, Jani said they gave Dynamos too much respect when they allowed them to win 2-0 in a league match.

“It’s high time we put our house in order. We needed a confidence booster after that bad spell. But after beating Black Mambas in our last match, we are more than convinced we will stop DeMbare from completing a double,” Jani said.

But Dynamos’ trusted son Murape Murape would not be intimidated as he claimed not a single team in the local league was up to the task of stopping them.
“We have since enjoyed the Cup Kings status after snatching it from Caps United.

“Last year we almost won every trophy that was competed for, but only lost the championship to Mighty Bulls. Come Sunday we will have yet another field day,” Murape said.

On Wednesday, the two teams took time off their training schedules to spend an afternoon with the underprivileged under Mbada Diamonds Holdings’ corporate social responsibility programme.

Mbada Diamonds donated goods worth $30 000 to Isheanesu Children’s Home in Glen View 1. Goods donated include five tonnes of mealie meal, two tonnes of rice, 1 000 liters of cooking oil, 100kg of salt, 100kg beans, 400kg matemba, 400kg soya chunks and 300 so-called-two-in one blankets.

Speaking to NewsDay Sport at the function, Murape castigated men who dump their families just because they would have been given a gift of a child with disabilities.

“A number of men do not want to associate themselves with their family members who are disabled. I am a father and I really know what it means to have a disabled child, but man should support their families.

“It has been a great experience for these kids as most of them have never met with players that were paraded here. You could see from their excitement,” Murape said.

Said Jani: “If you look at most of the kids who are here, they were in fact dumped by their fathers who have failed to give their mothers the much needed support.

“Again if you look at most of the staff members who are here you will see that men have left the disability job to women. There are no men to support them.”

Speaking after the presentation, Mbada Diamonds chief administrator Patience Khumalo said they have decided to harness diamonds and share the spoils with every Zimbabwean.

“We joined football circles recently. Now we are into children’s homes. We are going to unroll a programme that will see a number of children’s homes benefitting throughout the country, it’s just the beginning. But we will be back for a similar programme very soon,” Khumalo said.

Music icon Leonard Zhakata has worked tirelessly for the success of the home. Chief administrator at the home Spiwe Kasumba said Zhakata had made sure the home got state-of-the art kitchen which he built for them some few years ago.

“He has been working with us for a long time. He made sure we had this kitchen which has made things easier for us here.”

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