Another Harare derby

HARARE - CAPS United assistant coach Brenna Msiska says “there is no such thing as a friendly derby” after his side was drawn against Dynamos in the Zimbabwe National Army Charities Commander Shield semi-final at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. 

It will be the third time in a month that the Glamour Boys and the Green Machine will clash at Rufaro Stadium, having already met twice during this pre-season break.

The two teams have already clashed in the Sino-Zim Cement Challenge Cup which Makepekepe won 6-5 after a penalty shoot-out with DeMbare getting their revenge in last Sunday’s Bob 91 Super Cup final where they triumphed 1-0.

To top it off, when the Premier Soccer League action starts two weeks from now, it will be another Harare derby on Match Day four with the two sides set to clash again.

“It’s good we are playing Dynamos again,” Msiska said.

“This is a new game and what I know is there is no friendly when playing against Dynamos. Whether it’s the Under-20s or 15s, there is no friendly. We will play to win the match.”

Dynamos coach David Mandigora said they would want to maintain their dominance over their bitter rivals and they would field a strong side on Sunday.

“We are happy to be involved in fund-raising for the ZNA and as usual we will come to participate on Sunday,” Mandigora said.

“We have been taken by surprise, we thought we would play different opponents. But it’s for charity and we are going to give it our best.

“Since it’s still off-season, we might want to give some few youngsters game time but the majority of the players who played at the weekend will start.

“We will prepare to get a good result on Sunday.” 

The other semi-final will see Highlanders and How Mine clash at Barbourfields Stadium, with the final expected to be played during the mid-season break around June and July.

FC Platinum, who are the defending champions after beating CAPS United 6-1 in the final at Mandava last year, were not considered for the competition as they are travelling to Tanzania on Friday for the Caf Confederation Cup first leg, first round tie against Young Africans.

Dynamos and CAPS United were drawn to play during last years’ semi-final again with United getting the better of their city neighbours with a 1-0 win before being thrashed in the finals by FC Platinum. 

Entry charges have been pegged at $3 for the rest of the ground while for the VIP fans will fork out $5 and the VVIP will see fans paying $10.

Winners of the tournament are set to pocket $12 000 while the runners up will walk away with $8 000 with the losing semi-finalists getting $2 500 each.

Organisers of the tournament say proceeds will be channelled towards the various army charities across the country adding that the prize money could go upwards as they are still consulting more companies to chip in.

ZNA Charity Commander Shield semi-finals:

Sunday: Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro Stadium), Highlanders v How Mine (Barbourfields)

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