HARARE City coach Philani Ncube has said his team is desperate to win the Chibuku Super Cup to salvage what has been a disappointing season for the Premiership football club.
BY HENRY MHARA
City, who won the tournament in 2015, open their account with a first round clash against Highlanders on Sunday at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane, with the winner progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Ncube’s team has had a below average season so far, as they find themselves just two points above the relegation cut-off point.
Winning the Chibuku Cup could rescue what could be a forgettable season for them, and Ncube, who was hired to save the campaign, is well aware of that fact.
“Winning the competition will bring hope and joy to the club. The season has not gone well for us, but this is an opportunity for us to salvage it. We will have to put everything in this competition and I’m very confident that we will do well,” Ncube said.
City have already met Highlanders twice in the league, both encounters ending in draws.
But there has to be a winner at the end of the day on Sunday.
“We are playing at a neutral venue, and are going to win this one. I’m very certain about that,” Ncube declared.
“We know how they play and we have prepared very well. The players are doing well and showing zeal to go out and win.”
City will travel to Zvishavane without their top striker Jerry Chipangura, who is yet to recover from a knee injury he sustained at the start of last month.
“He is the only one with an injury, the rest are fine. He is still injured, but his return date is still far away.”
Highlanders are also looking at this competition as a good opportunity to reclaim some pride after a season that promised a lot at the start, but is threatening to implode.
The Bulawayo giants are currently 10th on the log standings, and just like Harare City, are out of the race for the league title.
Chibuku Super Cup round one fixtures
Tomorrow: FC Platinum v Chapungu (Mandava), Black Rhinos v Triangle (Rufaro), Chicken Inn v Yadah (Ascot).
Sunday: Dynamos v Bulawayo City (Rufaro), Ngezi Platinum v Caps United (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Shabanie Mine (Nyamhunga), How Mine v Bantu Rovers (Ascot), Highlanders v Harare City (Mandava)