Kutyauripo, Vengesai eye Mbada history

HARARE - Harare City go on to win the Mbada Diamonds Cup this year, David Kutyauripo and Martin Vengesai will not only become the first players to win Zimbabwe’s richest football competition twice with two different teams.

Fullback Kutyauripo and forward Vengesai – who now turn out for City – were part of the Dynamos squad which conquered the first two editions of the Mbada Cup in 2011 and 2012, meaning that they will also hold the distinction of winning the tournament a record three times in a row if the Sunshine Boys go all the way this term.

City take on Highlanders at Mandava Stadium tomorrow in the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in what is expected to be a titanic tussle between two sides which are also still in contention for the league title.

Having been offloaded by league champions Dynamos at the beginning of the current season after they were deemed surplus to requirement by coach Calisto Pasuwa, speed merchant Vengesai and steely defender Kutyauripo’s careers appeared going down the drain. 

But the two, who helped the Glamour Boys to back-to-back Mbada Diamonds Cup and league double success in 2011 and 2012, have been quietly resurrecting their careers at the Sunshine Boys.

Now, they are two steps away from personal milestones unequalled by few in the local Premiership. 

“It’s a great feeling, it’s a motivation in itself because everyone wants to make history,” Kutyauripo told the Daily News yesterday.

The former Shooting Stars and CAPS United man said like many players before him, who have been off-loaded by the record Zimbabwean champions, very little people gave him a chance to stay at the top.

“Every time when you leave a big club, coming to a smaller team, people always talk.  But in the end, everything is in your hands and God has the final say,” he said.

“But I was not intimidated by what they said because I’m a person who made my name playing for small teams,” added Kutyauripo, who came to prominence at such modest clubs as Air Zimbabwe Jets, Circle Cement and Njube Sundowns.

The 34-year-old believes his newly found form at the Harare City Council-owned team has breathed life into his football career.

“No-one told me to play football so only God can stop me and as long as I’m here, I’m going to keep giving my best,” he said.

Striker Vengesai, who along with Kutyauripo, was part of 13 new signings made by City at the beginning of the season, was diplomatic in stating his ambitions.

“I’m looking forward to that. But I think we should just keep on fighting and after we make it to the final then we can talk about it,” Vengesai said.

The 26-year-old explained that joining the Sunshine Boys at the beginning of the season was “a brave but right decision.”

Saturday: Harare City v Highlanders (Mandava Stadium, 3pm).

Sunday: CAPS United v How Mine (National Sports Stadium, 3pm).

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