Dinyero banks on away form

HARARE - Harare City coach Masimba Dinyero says playing the Chibuku Super Cup final at Mandava Stadium against FC Platinum is a good omen for the Sunshine Boys.

The struggling council-owned side take on the platinum miners this Sunday in Zvishavane hoping to win their first piece of major silverware since promotion into the top-flight back in 2012.

In the first round back in August, the Sunshine Boys defeated ZPC Kariba 1-0 at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma.

Dinyero’s men then travelled to the Lowveld for the quarter-finals where they beat Chiredzi FC 2-1 at Chishamiso Stadium.

The only time City played at home in this competition was in last month’s semi-final. They won against Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium.

With the final now set for Zvishavane, Dinyero is hopeful his team will continue with their momentum on the road in this competition to win the trophy.

“Actually when you are playing at home you have all the advantage. As a club we thought this game was going to be played at Rufaro as it was said before, now we are traveling to Mandava,” Dinyero told the Daily News.

“In this cup we only played in Harare once. All the other games we played in the earlier rounds, we were travelling.

“To FC Platinum, it is an advantage but on the other hand we will go there and we will not be under any pressure.

“Platinum will be under a lot of pressure to win because they will be playing in front of their supporters.

“Maybe this is a blessing in disguise that we are playing the final away from home like we have done in the previous rounds.”

City are currently in a precarious position in the league, were they are just one point off the last relegation slot with just a game to go.

If the Sunshine Boys fail to beat Chicken Inn in their last game of the season next week, they are likely to be relegated.  

Dinyero is fully aware his players need to put in big performances this weekend against Platinum in the final and in the final league game against the Gamecocks.

“Preparations are going on well and we have to be focused. Cup games are won by those who play well and the better team of the day will carry the trophy,” he said.

“You don’t have to underrate any team in a cup game because they are difficult to predict. Both games are important to us.

“If we win this cup it means we will be playing in the African Confederations Cup next season. The last league game is also equally important because we need to win it as well to secure our place in the Premier League next season.

“But we are not under any pressure. I don’t see this team playing football in division one next season.

“We are always preparing to put in big performances in every game we play. Last weekend against CAPS United (drawn one all) we performed very well but unfortunately we failed to utilise the chances created.”

This weekend, Dinyero relishes going back to Mandava, a place where he served as assistant to former coach Lloyd Mutasa before he was elbowed out in April.

“I don’t have any grudges with anyone at Mandava; the players, the club and the supporters. For me to win the Chibuku Super Cup at Mandava will be an honour.”

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