Limping Monomotapa seek redemption


STRUGGLING Monomotapa will be hoping to make amends for their lacklustre display in the Premier Soccer League campaign by beating rivals Harare City in the Mbada Diamonds Cup first round clash at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.


Biggie Zuze’s men are going through a difficult period in which they have not tasted victory in the league and cup competitions since July 7 when they defeated fellow strugglers Motor Action 2-0 in a Castle Lager Premiership match.

Monoz are coming from a 2-0 defeat to FC Platinum in the league and were also kicked out of the lucrative BancABC Sup8r Cup by the same side at the beginning of the month.

With just nine games before the end of the league campaign, Monomotapa risk plunging into an irretrievable nosedive which could all but end their flirtation in the top-flight league.

They are stuck in third position from the bottom with just 22 points.

And after reaching the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup last year in which they were beaten to the trophy by Dynamos, Monomotapa already know how sweet it is to play in the final.

They have been denied a chance to play in the final of the BancABC Sup8r Cup one of the richest knock out tournament following a 3-1 defeat to FC Platinum.

Now they see the Mbada Diamonds Cup as a perfect opportunity for them to remind many that they are still the same side that stunned watchers of the local game with their brand of attacking football.

Zuze admitted yesterday they have been struggling in their past six games and would want to use the Mbada Diamonds Cup clash against Harare City to bounce back.

“We have struggled in the league recently and things are not going on well for us but we see this fixture against Harare City as a perfect opportunity for us to bounce back.

“We have not been doing well in the league and are determined to fight to the end so that we advance to the next round. We still have the same players who reached the final last season and they know how important it is to play in this cup.

“Clubs are struggling to pay players and with the kind of incentives being offered, the guys are ready to fight all the way to the final. It will not be easy against Harare City because they have beaten us twice in the league, but the guys are ready to face the challenge,” Zuze said.

Meanwhile, basement side Motor Action will have to defy gravity as they face red hot Caps United who have also not hidden their hunger to lift the lucrative cup.
Motor Action anchor the premiership standing with a paltry 15 points, while their opponents are placed fifth with 35 points.

United are coming from a 1-0 defeat to champions Dynamos in the Harare derby- their only defeat in the last 10 matches.