BY FORTUNE MBELE
BULAWAYO City are optimistic of winning against ZPC Kariba at Mandava Stadium tomorrow to progress to the next stage of the Chibuku Super Cup.
The local authority side and ZPC Kariba are unseeded in the Chibuku Super Cup and the winner in tomorrow’s clash will meet seeded Bulawayo Chiefs in the first round of the competition on the weekend of August 20-21.
Bulawayo City coach Farai Tawachera believes victory over the power utility side will boost the confidence of his boys in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League where they are stuck in the relegation zone.
“It is our wish that we go past this stage, but we don’t know what is going to happen. We are preparing to try and forge a result that will get us through to the first round. If you look at our last performances, we were on the right track. We played very well but the circumstances in which we lost the last game affected the players. We have been trying to psyche them to go through that,” Tawachera said.
City lost 1-0 to Herentals at Barbourfields Stadium last Saturday after referee Hardley Ndazi awarded The Students a questionable penalty towards the end of the game, which was converted by Brighton Majarira.
The local authority side had lost the previous tie to Highlanders 1-0 following a three-match winning streak.
Tawachera said tomorrow was a cup game and that made it different.
“The fact that it is a cup game is refreshing our minds. It releases pressure and we go into that game with a relaxed mind. We want to play and get something that will work as a booster coming to the league games. The boys look fantastic. We spoke about the last games and we have told them it is not the end of the world. We have got a clean bill of health and the guys are going to compete,” Tawachera said.
City have in their squad veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa, who is out to prove he still has the mettle after a failed stint at Bulawayo Chiefs.
They face an equally struggling ZPC Kariba, whom they beat 3-0 at Barbourfields Stadium in a recent league game.
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