Let's win Mbada for our fans: Mangwiro

HARARE - Caps United are determined to win the Mbada Diamonds Cup as a “thank-you” to their fans after a largely indifferent Castle Premiership campaign this season.

Makepekepe, who knocked out last year’s Mbada Diamonds Cup finalists Motor Action in the first round in August, clash with Buffaloes at Gibbo Stadium this Saturday.

CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro believes winning Zimbabwe’s richest knockout tournament will go some way in pacifying the Green Machine fans, who have endured a difficult season.

“It is important for us to win the Mbada Cup,” Mangwiro told reporters during the club’s weekly press conference yesterday.

“If you look at our matches, the attendances never dwindled even when we were not doing well. The only way we can thank the fans is by doing well in the Mbada Cup.

“It (winning) will also mean that we represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup next year. The most important thing is to play in Africa. With the coming in of SuperSport, there are good chances of marketing ourselves.”

Mangwiro is convinced his club’s chances against the Mutare-based soldiers will be enhanced by the return of four suspended players who missed United’s goalless draw with Monomotapa two weeks ago.

Right-back Hardlife Zvirekwi, left-back Asani Nhongo, midfielders David Rediyoni as well as Tendai Samanja missed the Monoz Premiership tie.

“Our preparations have been going on well. We have a clean bill of health and we welcome back the four guys who were suspended. Against Monomotapa, I thought the guys that we had served us well though we couldn’t finish off our opponents.”

CAPS drew both their league games with Buffaloes, but Mangwiro is confident this time around the former Zimbabwe champions will romp home.

“In both draws, CAPS played better football against Buffaloes. I hope this time we will do better; we will fancy our chances. Expect a few changes to the team that played Monomotapa.”

Meanwhile, striker Leonard Fiyadho, who accompanied his coach to the press conference, has promised to score against Buffaloes at Chiredzi’s Gibbo Stadium.

“I will score against Buffaloes,” said the former Gunners striker.

“I have improved in everything (since I moved to CAPS) but goals have not been coming.”

MBADA CUP QUARTER-FINALS


Saturday: FC Platinum v Shabanie (Mandava, Zvishavane), CAPS United v Buffaloes (Gibbo, Chiredzi).

Sunday: Dynamos v Gunners (Baghdad, Kwekwe), Highlanders v Monomotapa (Colliery, Hwange).

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