Buffaloes warn DeMbare

HARARE - Premiership side Buffaloes’ caretaker coach Timothy Masachi has issued a warning to Dynamos ahead of the two sides’ quarterfinal clash in the BancABC Sup8r Cup this Sunday.

Masachi said the Mutare soldiers’ win in the league over DeMbare last Wednesday was not a fluke and they are eager to repeat that feat when they meet at Gibbo Stadium.

Football fans in Chiredzi will be in for a rare treat as Gibbo will host the Dynamos-Buffaloes clash as well as the meeting between Monomotapa and Motor Action on the same day.

“The truth is that everyone wants success and the Buffaloes supporters will be happy to see their team beating Dynamos again,” Masachi told Daily News yesterday.

"In football anything can happen and we are hoping for the best. We have a point to prove. We want to show Dynamos that our win at Sakubva was not a fluke and they should come prepared for another tough afternoon.”

Masachi was elevated to the Buffaloes hot seat following the resignation of Saul Chaminuka last month.

Initially, Masachi, who was Chaminuka’s assistant, also stepped down together with the former Masvingo United coach but later changed his mind before returning to take charge of the Mutare soldiers.

The former ZUPCO United man began his tenure as Buffaloes coach on a high note handing DeMbare their first defeat of the season in a 3-2 home win before losing to Tripple B 4-2 in his second match.

Masachi is not concerned with facing the reigning league champions this early in the knockout competition. 

“We are actually happy that we are facing Dynamos in these quarterfinals. You need to beat the best to be recognised and we are looking forward to the match,” he said.

“This is a cup game and we are looking forward to reach the finals of this tournament. We are playing some good football and we are expecting to win the cup.”

The Mutare-based army side have a number of experienced campaigners like Farai Banda, Jacob Muzokomba and Steven Sibanda, who can help them cause an upset on any day.

Former DeMbare winger Wonder Sithole was the Buffaloes star in that midweek win as he was involved in two of the goals.

Sithole is expected to feature prominently in Sunday’s quarterfinal at Gibbo.

The Glamour Boys will, however, certainly be eyeing the BancABC Sup8r trophy after winning the league and Mbada Diamonds Cups in the past two years.

The tournament is making a return after a one-year absence on the domestic calendar, after it failed to take place in 2012 due to a congested fixtures programme.

The tournament became the richest knock-out competition in the country with a whooping US$120 000 cheque for the winners surpassing the US$100 000 that DeMbare pocketed for winning the  Mbada Diamonds Cup last year.

The runners-up for this year’s edition will pocket US$50 000, while the losing semi-finalists each get US$20 000 and the quarter-finalists each receive US$12 000.

Motor Action, who have had an indifferent start to the current league campaign, were the last winners of the Sup8r competition in 2011 when they beat Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.

There will be individual prizes for the player of the tournament (US$1 300), goalkeeper of the tournament (US$1 000) while the man of the match for each encounter would receive US$400.

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