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Dynamos, Caps clash in challenge cup

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ZIMBABWEAN football champions Dynamos are set to resume their rivalry with Caps United when they clash in the Chinese Federation Challenge Cup at Rufaro Stadium at the end of this month.

BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA

The match which has been scheduled for February 22 has been organised to commemorate 35 years of cordial relations between Chinese and Zimbabwean communities.

Caps United public relations manager Joyce Kapota said there would be $15 000 at stake for the winners with the runners-up set to pocket $10 000.

“The match which will feature Dynamos and Caps United has been scheduled for Rufaro Stadium on February 22. It has been organised to celebrate 35 years of cordial relations between Chinese and Zimbabwean communities. Winners of the challenge match will walk away with $15 000 while runners-up will get $10 000,” said Kapota.

Both teams will use the challenge match as a dress rehearsal for the forthcoming season.

The Premier Soccer League has said the league action will resume early next month.

Caps United who finished in third position in the league campaign last term will be seeking to go further than that this campaign after hiring British coach Mark Harrison as their new mentor following the departure of Taurai Mangwiro to Harare City.

United’s pre-season training has been under the supervision of assistant coaches Brenna Msiska and Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi as Harrison is still in South Africa awaiting of his work permit while processing his relocation to Harare.

The trials have been marked by a high turn-out as players jostle to make the cut as Caps lost several players who joined other clubs.

The defending champions also have a new coach in David “Yogi” Mandigora after Kalisto Pasuwa — a record winner of four successive championships — decided to discontinue. Mandigora will have a chance to gauge the strength of his side before he plunges into the real battle when league action resumes.

Mandigora, who led the champions to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2008, faces a challenge in defending the championship which the Dynamos followers now consider as routine.

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