TODAY’S Mbada Diamonds Cup final between Dynamos and Monomotapa is not about individuals, but it’s almost difficult to talk about this contest without mentioning two names, Denver Mukamba and Ronald Chitiyo.
Report By HENRY MHARA SPORTS REPORTER
Dynamos’ talisman Mukamba and “Monoz” inspirational figure of Chitiyo are arguably the best players in the land at the moment. They will be looking to better each other as the two clubs aim for the million dollar cup.
Highlanders’ Masimba Mambare could have been another candidate worth of singular praise, but this is one duel he will have to watch from the sidelines after his team was outshone and eventually knocked out of this competition’s vetting stages by Chitiyo’s inspired Monomotapa.
While the focus is on winning the country’s richest cup competition as a team, the individual financial rewards involved would certainly see players trying hard to outshine each other.
The player of the tournament will take home a cool $1 500; the goalkeeper of the tournament $1 000; top goalscorer $1 000; the scorer of the last goal of the tournament $500 and the man-of-the-match $500.
It is Mukamba and Chitiyo who are running for the big prizes.
Mukamba, the driving force behind Dynamos’ success this season is the top goalscorer of the competition with four goals while Chitiyo has not scored after a stunning first round hattrick against Hardbody.
That is the only hattrick in the competition in the two years it has been on the soccer calendar.
The former Kiglon player scored against Quelaton in the first round, netted a brace in the quarter-finals against Gunners and then scored the opener in the 3-0 mauling of Caps United in the semi-final.
In addition to scoring the goals, the two have also been outstanding for their clubs in the competition and would definitely have a big say on where the player of the tournament award would land. This makes for an interesting duel between the two stars today. But what makes the two a cut above the rest?
Both Mukamba and Chitiyo are amazing when it comes to dribbling. Mukamba possesses a unique way of dancing with the ball using various roll-overs.
On the other hand, Chitiyo uses his small stature to make quick movements while dribbling, which makes it seem like the ball is glued to his foot.
Chitiyo chooses to go straight into his opponent at a fast pace and stresses more on a team game, as opposed to Mukamba who is more about individual brilliance and always looking to prove he is the best in the country.
Considering how offensively skilled both teams are, goals are expected to rain in this match.
The winner will take home $100 000, while the losing finalists are assured of $60 000.