CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro is happy with the Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final draw which saw the Harare football giants being paired against in-form Monomotapa.
Report by Sports Correspondent
It had initially been thought United would meet bitter rivals Dynamos in the last four of the country’s richest knockout tournament, but the Premier Soccer League (PSL) later clarified the draw. Holders Dynamos are set to meet Zvishavane-based side FC Platinum in another semi-final.
Mangwiro joined Caps United in August after he parted ways with Monomotapa and has turned things around at the Green Machine. But for all his heroics, he has found Monomotapa a hard nut to crack.
Monomotapa, who are coached by Biggie Zuze, have not lost to Caps this season after winning the first match in the league before a 0-0 draw in their recent meeting.
Monomotapa were twice denied by the woodwork in that drawn match, but the 2008 league champions were forced to clear the ball from the line in one of United’s raids.
“It’s a good draw,’ said Mangwiro. “Any team that qualified for the semi-finals is a good team and we expect an epic clash against Monomotapa. In our last meeting the match was evenly balanced, but we had more chances than them and we fancy our chances this time around.”
Dynamos, who defeated Motor Action to lift the lucrative cup last year, also face a tricky encounter against FC Platinum.
Platinum overcame Shabanie Mine 1-0 last Saturday at Mandava Stadium to set up a semi-final clash against DeMbare, while United defeated army side Buffaloes 2-0.
Monomotapa came from behind to edge Highlanders 3-2 and bulldoze into the last four. The semi-finals are scheduled for November 7-9 with the final set for the weekend of November 23-25.