Muparati targets Sup8r glory

HARARE - Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati has revealed his burning desire to help his club extend its cup competition dominance by winning the BancABC Sup8r Cup, which is making a comeback on the domestic football calendar after a one-year absence.

The Glamour Boys, who have won the tournament once in its five-year history, will begin their quest at the quarterfinal stage against Buffaloes at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle on Sunday.

Interestingly, Buffaloes handed Dynamos their first defeat of the season when they beat the DeMbare 3-2 last week.

Focus has, however, shifted to the Sup8r.

The top eight teams from last year’s Castle Premiership season are in the race for the trophy, whose winner will receive $120 000, the biggest prize money for any football competition in Zimbabwe.

And now Calisto Pasuwa’s men are eager to exert their dominance on cup competitions, having won the last two editions of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in addition to their back-to-back league titles.

Muparati, one of the key men of that dominance of the last two years, says DeMbare do not intend to loosen their iron grip on trophies.

“It’s always our priority as Dynamos that we win all the cups available,” Muparati told Daily News.

“We are going into this match with a positive mind. We are not reading much into our last match against Buffaloes because it’s now water under the bridge. This is a new and different challenge. Everyone is aware of what is needed and we are looking forward to win so that we can progress to the next round.

“Cups games are unpredictable and we need to work hard if we are to win. There is no room for complacency. Our preparations have been going on well and morale is very high in the team.”

DeMbare welcome back defender Partson Jaure and striker Francesco Zekumbawira, who have recovered in time for Sunday’s clash.

Jaure missed Dynamos’ defeat to Buffaloes and their 3-0 win against How Mine with a shin injury while Zekumbawira, who is yet to find the target for the Glamour Boys since joining from Hwange on loan, will be returning after a lengthy absence.

There are however still concerns over the availability of striker Washington Pakamisa, who also missed the How Mine game after picking a knock against Buffaloes at Sakubva.

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

Friday: Chicken Inn v Shabanie Mine (Mandava)

Saturday: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Mucheke).

Sunday: Dynamos v Buffaloes (Gibbo), Motor Action v Monomotapa (Gibbo).

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