No advantage over Caps — Ndiraya

DYNAMOS assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya says they are not reading much into their dominance over Caps United, but expect a tough challenge when the two football sides clash in what promises to be an exciting Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final clash at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

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Caps United have over the years played second fiddle to Dynamos, including losing both league matches this season, but Ndiraya says this is no advantage at all.

“This is going to be a new game altogether because it is a cup game. We have not met Caps United in a cup game, but the league. We expect a tough encounter despite dominating them over the years. The players will not be complacent because they know what is at stake in games of this magnitude and that is where big players are made as well. We would want our dominance to continue,” he said.

Dynamos are the reigning Premiership champions, facing a stiff challenge from Highlanders with two matches to go before the end of the season, but can still win the league and cup double like last season.

Last year, they won the Mbada Cup after beating Motor Action 1-0 in a rain-soaked final at the National Sports Stadium.

“We want to go all the way to the final and it will be an achievement if we win the cup again. We are confident that we will put up a good fight and we hope that our rich vein of form in the league will continue in this cup competition. We expect a huge crowd at Barbourfields and we call upon fans to desist from violence and accept the outcome of the match,” he said.

Ndiraya said Zambian striker Derrick Kabwe was nursing an injury he picked up during training while Devon Chafa also had an injury he picked up in the league match against Highlanders.

Former Highlanders coach Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku, who took over the reins as head coach of Caps United following the 10-year ban from all football activities on former coach Taurai Mangwiro for his alleged involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, said he was ready for the match.

“It is going to be a very tough game because the match is going to be like a war, but we are equally ready for the task. Tawanda Munyanduri is injured, but we are monitoring him, but we welcome back Shingirai Kawondera from injury. We need the support of the fans, they should come and watch the game at Emagumeni,” he said.

Masuku is seeking his second silverware with Caps United after clinching his first with Highlanders last year.


The winners of the cup will pocket $100 000 and a $150 000 subsidy to take part in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Caps United cruised through to the semi-finals after beating Motor Action 2-0 at Trojan Mine in Bindura before edging Buffaloes 2-0 at Gibbo Stadium, Triangle, in the next round. Dynamos beat Quelaton 4-2 in a penalty shootout after playing a 1-1 draw before overcoming Gunners 3-0 at Baghdad Stadium in Kwekwe.

19 Comments

  1. Don’t worry Mr Cooper the fans are coming to BF as far as from Victoria Falls,Hwange,Binga,Zvishavane,Gwanda,Maphisa ,Tsholotsho,Plumtree,and everywhere to support the Green Machine,we need this cup its ours,like what i said before this is not Rufaro but Emagumeni.
    Go Kepekepe go.

    1. unotodawo cup ye demabare sure

      1. iwe kana iri ye dembare varikutambirei bhora racho

  2. Kepekepe bhora

  3. Mr Coopers siyathatha this cup. We are behind the green machine Kepekepe for life. For Dembare undermine us at your own perile

    1. mavakutogara matare mese kurova dembare.

  4. pamberi nekuzora green butter

    1. green inyama yakaora inolavhwa nema green bomber, nhunzi dze cholera

  5. Please ma zimbo no noise kubhora just cheer your team up, and support clean mbada diamonds sponsored cup games. Ndapota lets respect our game of football and the mbada diamond sponsors.
    Hooligans will feel the pain of the law.

  6. Dembare does not undermine you but tremple you, and you know it!

    1. Madembare zvakapera zviya zvokutirova,gwekwerere nazikeeper ndivo vamaishandisa,now we have a cream of players come sunday.Your stand is the Mpiloend and we will ocuppy rest of the ground,hatidi noise vakomana.

  7. Let’s support the beautiful game , competitors are not enemies and let us all remember to accept defeat gracefully. There are three expected results in a game of soccer ,draw , loss and a win. Go there watch and enjoy yourself whatever the result. Even from the losing team there are a lot of positives that can be drawn up like players who performed well and the winning team might generate some interest to buy them.

  8. well dembare can look down and think they will win against caps and take the cup after playing the winner between platinum and monos gentlemen the ball is round and moves in an unpredictable manner so watch it guys

  9. TRUEBLUE weDEMBARE

    MaGreen magara muri vekuchema,so come Sunday you will be weeping again.In the meantime,dreamers can dream on.

    1. Trueblue ulamanga,u are the ones who always cry,amapoints eHwange ayathathwa,so ileague ngeyeBosso,becareful you can loose both league and mbada cup.

      1. Kudzi you are a pretender. Those points belong to the team that won. What did you want the bouncers to do to a coach who is provoking the situation. Run away. no ways.Even if a replay is ordered do think that Hwange of yours will win. Mind you even a draw will hand the championship to De Mbare and not the draw specialists (Lowlanders);

        Lowlanders is funny: First you hoped Hwange to beat dynamos at the colliery, 2nd you wanted Monoz to do you a favour, now you want the board room to deduct points. Worst case scenerio would be a replay. Lowlanders without a major trophy since 2006 even day dreams of the whole premiership against them. Go to engutsheni

  10. luckson keke chakwenya

    neCaps this time tinoluma chete,Mr Cooper we are there 4 you in BYO.We represent Makepekepe konthuthu,cme Sunday

  11. kepekepe bho

    1. Mugoni unonyepa shamwari,if a reply is ordered you are out,chipangano makaibatira,ingawani FIFA is always preaching the gospel of Fairplay,where on earth did you see mawindi eteam achirova macoach,even pasouthpanavanhu vakaoma musoro havarovi varairidzi vamamwemateam.Kuraimadembare.Itai seBosso, the whole season not even one play had been shown a red card.Keep it Tshilamoya.Kepekepe……………..

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