We are not underdogs - Mapfumo

HARARE - Triangle captain William Mapfumo will lead his troops into the lion’s den this afternoon when they take on Dynamos in the One Wallet Cup final at the National Sports Stadium.

No one is giving the struggling Chiredzi-based side any chance against DeMbare – the most successful team in Zimbabwe’s history – in today’s final.

Triangle are currently fighting against relegation in the league while DeMbare are on course for a fourth straight title which will be their 21st.

However, Mapfumo is not fazed by the prospect of facing his former paymasters at a time when all odds are stocked heavily in DeMbare’s favour.

“No, we are not the underdogs we are in the same league with Dynamos so we have nothing to fear,” Mapfumo told the Daily News on Sunday.

“In terms of experience, I think we are on the same level with Dynamos players. We have the likes of Graham Ncube and Courage Denias; they have played for the so-called big teams before.

“What can I tell you is that we have their parcel which we want to deliver to them tomorrow (today), and I think the parcel contains a huge surprise for them.”

Dynamos fans are also expected to take up large parts of the stadium leaving little room for the travelling Triangle fans.

The Sugar Sugar Boys will be on the back from the first whistle with DeMbare fans making all the noise to urge their team forward.

The well-travelled Mapfumo is not concerned with the effect of the 12th man. 

“Some may think we will be intimidated by the DeMbare supporters but that’s not us. All we need is just to try and work on the mental aspect as players so that that we can withstand the hostilities from the opposition fans,” he said.

“This is a cup final match. We reached the finals after sailing through all stages and it proves that we are a good team, so we are looking for a positive result.

“We are going to approach this match with a positive mind; we are well prepared so we are looking to win this cup for our funs. I think we are self-motivated as players, everyone knows what it means to win a cup final.”

Mapfumo believes a win today will kick start their survival campaign in the league.

“I think we played well in our previous matches but luck was not our side and I think a win against DeMbare will kick start our relegation survival journey,” he said.

However, Dynamos midfielder Ronald Chitiyo had earlier warned his teammates against complacency.

“Cup games by their nature are unpredictable and we need to be at our best if we are to lift the trophy. There is no need for complacency. There are no more small teams in the league,” Chitoyo said.

“We might be sitting at the top of the table but it does not guarantee a win. If we play to the best of our abilities then we should be fine, but we will make sure that we are fully prepared for whatever threat they might pose.”

The Glamour Boys will go into this match high on confidence as they currently sit top of the log standing with 46 points, two ahead of second-placed ZPC Kariba.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men also completed the double over Triangle in the league and the last meeting between the two sides at Gibbo Stadium caused a lot of controversy after DeMbare emerged 1-2 victors.

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