Byo City wary of ‘anointed’ Yadah

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Yadah FC captain Jimmy Dzingai (second from left) leads his team’s celebrations after opening the scoring against Caps United at Morris Depot in Harare yesterday

AFTER upstaging Harare football giants, Dynamos in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup, Bulawayo City expect another difficult assignment against Yadah in the quarter-finals at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.

BY FORTUNE MBELE

The local authority side coach, Mandla Mpofu yesterday said Yadah have been playing well of late in the league and they will not be pushovers.

The Walter Magaya-owned Yadah have gone four matches without tasting defeat, with two wins and two draws in the league and also bundled out Chicken Inn from the Chibuku Super Cup.

“It is going to be a tricky encounter. Yadah have been playing well of late and we can’t take them lightly. We need to double our efforts to get through to the next round and I am happy with my preparations. Everyone is eager and ready for the game. It is the players, the coaches and our sponsors’ wish to proceed to the next round,” he said.

Bulawayo City edged Dynamos 2-1 at Rufaro Stadium in the first round with goals from Sipho Ndlovu and Zephaniah Ngodzo.

City are without midfielder, Innocent Kutsanzira, who was injured in the league game against Hwange, but will be banking on their leading scorer, Mkhululi Moyo, who missed the Dynamos tie due to injury.

Other players to watch are mid-season acquisition, Ishmael Wadi, Ndlovu, Ransome Pavari, Newman Sianchali and veteran goalkeeper, Ndodana Sibanda.

Despite teetering closer to the relegation zone after losing to Dynamos in the league, Yadah went on to beat Bantu Rovers and Chicken Inn before playing two draws against FC Platinum and Triangle, but coach, Thomas Ruzive says that form cannot translate into the cup tournament.

They sailed through to the quarter-finals after Chicken Inn walked out, when Yadah were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of their first round tie at Ascot Stadium.

“We are away again and we will be very cautious, but it does not mean that we are afraid of them. We are ready. We can’t dwell much on our performance in the league because this is a cup game, a new game with a different approach, but otherwise morale is high in camp with no injuries. Everyone is available for selection,” Ruzive said.

Yadah troop into Bulawayo with the likes of Dennis Dauda, Wellington Kamudyariwa, Milton Makopa, and Moses Demera.
Chibuku Super Cup quarter-finals

Today: Chapungu v How Mine (Ascot), Black Rhinos v Harare City (Rufaro)

Tomorrow: Shabanie Mine v Caps United (Maglas), Bulawayo City v Yadah (Barbourfields)