DYNAMOS captain Desmond “Gazza” Maringwa has stoked the flames ahead of tomorrow’s Mbada Diamonds Cup final against Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium, suggesting Dynamos would make the Mbada Diamonds Cup their own.
REPORT BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Maringwa, who has seen little game time this season, oozed with confidence during a Press conference yesterday and vowed the reigning league champions would win the Mbada Diamonds Cup, as long as it continues to be on the soccer calendar.
“We want to make the Mbada Diamonds Cup our own,” said Maringwa. “If it’s going to be there for the next 19 years, we want to win it 19 times. In the first edition of the tournament I promised we would win the cup and as flag bearers we did that. I believe Monomotapa is just one of those pretenders. I have great respect for coach Biggie Zuze. He coached me as a junior at Dynamos. He is my mentor and it’s always a challenge to play against your mentor. He taught me, but Dynamos is a big institution. We always have a winning culture and are difficult to beat.”
But Zuze promised to give Dynamos a tough time and remained confident of lifting the lucrative cup.
“We will not disappoint with the brand of football that we are going to offer. We are confident of lifting the cup. Dynamos won the cup against Motor Action last year, but we always treasure the first thing in life. We were the first team to beat Highlanders in the League and will be the first to beat them (Dynamos) to the Mbada Diamonds Cup,” Zuze said.
Team captain Brian Mapfumo echoed: “We beat Highlanders and they failed. They drew against them. I don’t know why they think they would beat us,” said the “Monoz” midfielder.
In the first meeting between the two teams in the league, Dynamos were edged 1-0 before coming from behind to win 2-1 in the second meeting. Zuze said they “beat” themselves in that match as they conceded soft goals. He insisted that they have corrected the mistakes they made and were expecting to give everything to win the match.
“We ‘beat’ ourselves in that match. We conceded soft goals and have now corrected our mistakes and we have no injury worries.”
Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they would field basically the same team they had in their last league game against Hardbody, which ended all square at 1-1, but still led them to the winners’ podium.