BancABC Cup explodes at Barbourfields


CASTLE Lager Premiership champions Dynamos are looking forward to continuing their dominance over Shabanie Mine when the two sides clash in the second semi-final of the BancABC Sup8r Cup at Barbourfield Stadium tomorrow.

Report by Fortune Mbele

The first semi-final pits FC Platinum against Monomotapa at the same venue this afternoon.

Dynamos have only lost once to Shabanie Mine in the BP Cup final match (0-1) in 2001 at Rufaro Stadium, courtesy of a Thomas Makwasha goal.

That was the end of the asbestors’miners’ best against the Harare giants.

Dynamos’ assistant coach and manager Richard Chihoro yesterday said the league champions are trooping to Bulawayo for a win and save for defender Augustine Mbara, who has been ruled out of the match due to a hamstring injury, everyone is raring to go.

“We are definitely coming down there to win. We do not lose in a semi-final. Everyone knows that we are big guys and when we fight, we fight like a lion and we are going through to the final. Morale is high in camp and everyone is raring to go. We only have (Augustine) Mbara, who is out because of a hamstring injury,” Chihoro said.

Dynamos have been to Bulawayo once this season where they lost 1-0 in a league match to How Mine at Luveve Stadium on July 6.

They troop into Bulawayo with the likes of Patrick Khumbula, Washington Pakamisa, Benjamin Marere, Farai Mupasiri, Tawanda Mushure, Devon Chafa, Clive Kawinga and Russell Madamombe as they seek to reach the final of the Sup8r Cup and win their second silverware this season after they lifted the Independence Cup when they beat Highlanders 1-0 in Harare in April.

But DeMbare will have to be wary of Shabanie.

Shabanie Mine head coach Luke Masomere said he is happy that striker Norman Maroto is finally ready to play and could feature in the game against his former paymasters tomorrow.

“We are in the right direction. We have been preparing very well and we are injury free. I am happy that finally Norman (Maroto) looks very sharp. We are not looking much into our opponents, but we are looking at our own game plan.”

Added Masomere: “We have been preparing well and I think we can pull out a shocker. It is going to be a good game. People must come in their numbers to watch this game. They should come to relax their minds with their families and those who come to the stadium to fight should remain at home.” Besides Maroto, the former asbestos miners have in camp Caleb Masocha, Pervington Zimunya and Tarisai Rukanda, who can carry the day for Shabanie Mine.