MONOMOTAPA coach Biggie Zuze wants to beef up his squad as the team readies to play in the Caf Confederation Cup tournament next year by virtue of them having reached the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup — the richest knock out tournament in the country. REPORT BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
With Dynamos, who also reached the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup having lifted the league title after beating Highlanders to the finishing line courtesy of a superior goal difference on Sunday, expected to opt to play in the more lucrative African Champions League, Monoz would have to represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup.
But Zuze revealed yesterday that they were targeting to win the Mbada Diamonds Cup final first against Dynamos on Sunday.
“We have been playing well and are happy to be playing in Africa. But our priority right now is to ensure we win the Mbada Diamonds Cup. It will give us confidence to go into the competition with the trophy in our cabinet. It will be a tough match against Dynamos, but we really want this cup,” Zuze said.
The Monoz coach also revealed that they would beef up their squad in preparation for the African safari.
He said it would be tougher in Africa and they needed to prepare well for the competition.
“Of course we played well this season, but in Africa it will be tougher so we need to strengthen the team. There are certain areas where we need power and quality. In the strike force in particular, we need a natural goal-scorer. I am not taking anything from the strikers we have, but we also need cover,” Zuze said .
Monomotapa made it to the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after defeating FC Platinum 1-0 through Kuda Musharu’s strike at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare, while Dynamos overcame bitter city rivals CAPS United 3-0 in Bulawayo.
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Monoz, the 2008 champions, provided Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo for the Soccer Star of the Year calendar.
But they still have reliable match winners in Makai Kawashu, Russel Madamombe, Hillary Mugoniwa, Osbourne Mukuradare and goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi.
Dynamos, still basking in glory after retaining the league title, are also targeting a league and cup double which they achieved last season.