'We'll bring Mbada home'

HARARE - Despite being home to the mining fields that have given birth to the Mbada Diamonds Cup, Manicaland province has had to watch from a distance as Harare giants Dynamos dominate the competition since its inception two years ago.

But Mutare flag bearers and Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-finalists Buffaloes want to change all that this year and lift the cup as a befitting tribute to the people of Manicaland.

“Last year we wanted to make the province proud but we were eliminated in the quarter-final stage. But this year we have to go all the way for the people of Mutare,” Buffaloes captain Prosper Matizanadzo told the Daily News yesterday.

“Everyone is motivated to do well.”

The 33-year-old defender has been one of the standout performers for Buffaloes since helping them gain PSL promotion in 2011.

Buffaloes face Highlanders at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday hoping to build on their 1-1 home draw to the same opponents in the Castle Premiership last weekend.

Buffaloes coach Timothy Masachi said Highlanders were lucky to emerge from Sakubva Stadium with a draw, warning that Bosso will find the soldiers a different kettle of fish in the Mbada.

“They were lucky to escape with a draw. We were just unfortunate not to collect maximum points. It was just a lapse in concentration that allowed them to equalise,”Masachi said.

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