Gibbo cauldron ready to explode

HARARE - The town of Triangle will explode on Sunday when Gibbo Stadium hosts two BancABC Sup8r quarterfinals featuring Dynamos vs Buffaloes and Monomotapa vs Motor Action.

Action kicks-off at 12:30pm when the competition’s defending champions Motor Action take on Monoz.

The Mighty Bulls and Monomotapa met in the league last Monday at Rufaro Stadium with the former running out 2-1 winners.

Motor Action have had a very difficult season thus far in the league and will be looking for some solace in this cup competition.

“There has been disappointment and frustration, but that is normal and what’s important is how you respond,” Motor Action defender Charles Mutero said earlier this week ahead of the match.

“We need to pull up our socks and start winning matches before it is too late. This tournament should mark our turning point.  We can only look at ourselves, get on with it and look to the future. We need to have a positive approach in all our matches. We can’t say we under pressure.

“We just need to play our normal game. Our position on the log is not good at all. But it’s not like we are playing badly. The thing is lucky has not been on our side but we are seeking the turning point starting with this match against Monomotapa.

“Obviously it’s not going to be an easy game for us, but we really need to go out there and show that we are true fighters. They beat us in the league game but it’s now history and we are focused on the task at hand.”

Monoz will also be looking to revenge for their quarterfinal defeat at the hands of the same opponents two years ago.

In the days other semifinal, DeMbare will be hoping to overcome their injury problems to overcome a Buffaloes side that handed them their first league defeat a week ago in Mutare.

The Glamour Boys will again not be able to field their top goal scorer, Washington Pakamisa, who joined long-term injury casualties Byron Madzokere and goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi on the side lines.

Pakamisa pulled a muscle in that 3-2 defeat to Buffaloes last week.

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

Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati said: “It’s always our priority as Dynamos that we win all the cups available. 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.”

Sunday: Monomotapa v Motor Action 12:30pm, Dynamos v Buffaloes 3:00pm

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