Battle of Zvishavane

ZVISHAVANE - Shabanie Mine assistant coach Arnold Jani says the Chinda Boys deserve to lift the BancABC Sup8r Cup as a befitting tribute to the resilience the players’ have shown this season.

Shabanie Mine square off against Zvishavane neighbours FC Platinum Saturday afternoon at Mandava Stadium.

The two rivals will be fuelled by the desire to engrave their club name on the BancABC Sup8r Cup for the first time in its five year history.

Apart from the bragging rights, a $120 000 cheque prize is also on the line.

The Chinda Boys’ mental strength in the face of financial constraints has won them many admirers this term.

Unlike their more illustrious neighbours, Shabanie have been struggling to pay player salaries, winning bonuses and camping allowances but the players have still been able to dig deep within themselves to grind out results.

Such is the contrasting financial fortunes faced by the two Zvishavane clubs that only one player at Shabanie Mine, Philip Sithole, drives a car whilst the same cannot be said of FC Platinum, where a wide range of vehicles fill the parking lot at Mandava.

And it is such challenges that Jani wants his players to use as a motivation to win the BancABC Sup8r Cup.

“This is an opportunity for players to sell their talent,” Jani told the Daily News.

“This is the stepping stone. Yes we have had problems, but we should direct all our energy towards winning this game. I think we have one of the toughest routes to get to this final.

“We beat Chicken Inn (in the quarter-finals 2-0) and then we beat Dynamos (in the semi-finals 1-0).

“Take nothing away from Platinum, they are also one of the best in the league because they have so many players with national team experience. But that is not going to stop us from winning the cup.”

Shabanie will need to defy recent history if they are to end their 10-year cup barren spell and lift the BancABC Sup8r Cup at the expense of Platinum.

The platinum miners will be looking forward to landing their third piece of silverware since they came into the Premiership in 2011.

Platinum go into the match as favourites because of their superior head to head advantage over their neighbours.

The platinum miners have won two of their last five league encounters, with two games ending in a draw and Shabanie winning the other.

The last time the two sides met in a cup match was in the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-finals at Mandava Stadium last year where Platinum progressed as 1-0 victor

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