Rhinos ready to charge

HARARE - Black Rhinos coach Jostein Mathuthu has declared his charges ready for the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final clash against FC Platinum at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

The army side who have surprised many by reaching this stage of the tournament to face FC Platinum at a time they are struggling to climb to safety in the Castle Premiership.

Chauya Chipembere have endured a difficult season this year in the league and currently sit in the relegation zone with only five matches left before the season comes to an end.

But Mathuthu, who joined the army side midway through the season following the resignation of Arthur Tutani, is not worried about their position on the log table and has made it no secret about his desire to lift the Chibuku Super Cup.

“Our chances of winning this tournament are as high as any other team that is still competing. We want do well in this tournament,” Mathuthu told the Daily News yesterday.

“Our preparations have been going on well and we are ready for them. We are looking forward to a good game.

“Our position on the log table has nothing to do with this match. If you look at our second half performance of the season it should tell you that we are playing well.

“Of course the game is not going to be easy. It will not be on a silver platter. We want to win and they also want to win which will make a good challenge.

“We respect them as our opponents but the truth is we don’t fear them. I am not the type to be afraid of another man. They should not underestimate us.”

The soldiers will be without the services of left back Wilson Chakanyuka, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury while Obey Gada is out through suspension.

“We have capable replacements. These type of matches are self-motivating and whoever is selected to play will give their best,” added Mathuthu.

On their way to the semi-finals, Black Rhinos beat Dynamos 1-0 in the first round before thumping hapless Triangle 4-0 at Ascot in the quarter-finals.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza predicted a tough game but is confident of progressing to the final.

The Platinum miners advanced to the last four of the tournament after knocking out CAPS United when they handed them a 1-0 defeat courtesy of an own by defender George Nyirenda.

“We started well since tournament started and we now want to be in the final,” Mapeza told the Daily News earlier this week.

“We are not taking Black Rhinos lightly they are a good side. Being in the semi-finals means they are a good side. Remember they beat Dynamos at one point in this tournament.

“This is a game of football and a cup game for that matter so anything can happen.”

Winners of the competition will take home $75 000, runners up $50 000 while the two losing semi-finalists will get $25 000 each.

Chibuku Super Cup semi-final fixtures:

Today: FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Rufaro, SS)

Tomorrow: Highlanders v Harare City (Rufaro, SS)

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