CAPS bullish despite 'tough' Mbada draw

HARARE - The Mbada Diamonds Cup gods appear to have no soft spot for CAPS United!

For the second year running, Zimbabwe’s Cup Kings of the 1980s have been handed a tough first round tie
 In the inaugural tournament last season, CAPS squared off against eventual winners Dynamos in the first round of the country’s richest knockout competition.  

In this year’s edition, CAPS will be up against last year’s runners-up, Motor Action, in arguably the pick of the crop of the first round.  

The potentially explosive clash with Motor Action has however, not sent shivers down the Green Machine’s spine.

United coach Taurai Mangwiro, who is battling to steer his side from looming relegation, said his team is ready for the Bulls test.

“I have to admit that Motor Action are tough campaigners, but I want to believe we will do well against them,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday.

“We want to do well to compensate for the indifferent season we have had in the league.

“Most of our fans have been a bit disheartened because of the tough first round ties of the Mbada Cup that seem to be coming our way. Last year it was Dynamos and now the Mighty Bulls. It is a knockout tourney so we should be ready to play against any opponent.”

Mangwiro admitted though he has not enjoyed much success as a coach against Motor Action.

“Last season Motor Action beat Monomotapa twice in the Mbada and BancABC at Sakubva Stadium while I was still coach there. So on a personal level, I am very determined to get a good result against Motor Action.”

The tournament kicks off next weekend. The final is scheduled for November 24 at a venue yet to be decided.

The winner this year will walk away with $100 000, up from $75 000 last year. The successful club will also receive a $150 000 subsidy for next year’s Caf Confederation Cup campaign.

This year’s runners-up will get $60 000.

First round losers will take home $10 000 each with quarterfinalists getting $20 000.

The losing semi-finalists will receive $30 000 each.

Players and coaches are guaranteed to receive appearance fees from the sponsor on match day.

The 18 players selected each match day will be given $100 while seven members of the technical team will each get $150.

The Mbada Diamonds Cup has retained various individual awards designed to create more excitement.

The tournament’s most outstanding player will receive $1 500, the best goalkeeper $1 000, top goal-scorer $1 000 and the man-of-the-match $500.

THE DRAW


First-round: Black Mambas v Buffaloes, CAPS United v Motor Action, Hwange v Shabanie Mine, Harare City v FC Platinum, Dynamos v Quelaton, Monomotapa v Hardbody, Highlanders v Blue Rangers, ChickenI nn v Gunners.

Quarterfinals: Match 1 – Highlanders/BlueRangers v Monomotapa/Hardbody; Match 2 – Dynamos/Quelaton v Chicken Inn/Gunners; Match 3 – Buffaloes/Black Mambas v CAPS United/Motor Action, Hwange/ShabanieMine v Harare City/FC Platinum.


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