DeMbare, ZPC clash

HARARE – Dynamos and ZPC Kariba will resume their rivalry when they clash in the Independence Trophy semi-final at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

Teams that finished in the top four in the 2014 Castle Premiership season were invited to play in this year’s edition of the Uhuru Cup, which also sees CAPS United and FC Platinum clash in the other semi-final at Mandava Stadium.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said his team is eager to progress to the finals of the tournament which they last won in 2013.

The Glamour Boys have not forgotten the humiliating back-to-back defeats they suffered at the hands of ZPC Kariba last season. It was somehow a bitter pill to swallow as it almost cost DeMbare the league title.

Having seen their strikers struggle to hit the back of the net in the opening five matches of the season, Ndiraya believes it is high time they find the right formula upfront.

“We want to score goals. For now our strike force seems the weakest link but hopefully they will improve and find their touch,” Ndiraya told the Daily News.

“It’s not going to be an easy match against ZPC. We have had a chance of watching them playing and I must admit that they are a good side. They play very good football and it’s going to be a competitive match.

“We really need to work hard to get a result against them. They are one of the strongest teams in the league this year and we really need to up our game so that we get into the final of the tournament.”

Ndiraya reckons ZPC will not make it easy for them and would use their strongest side to ensure they get a positive result.

“It’s an important cup for us. It’s been a while since we won that cup and we are looking forward to lift it this time around. We are going to field the strongest side possible on the day,” he said.

“We really want to do well.”

In the other semi-final match, CAPS United will be hoping to redeem themselves following a heavy defeat at the hands of Triangle over the weekend.

The Green Machine coach Mark Harrison admitted morale is currently at its lowest ebb at the moment, but they would do all they can to win at Mandava Stadium this afternoon.

“The problem is we are financially struggling, it’s not a secret and the players are not happy,” Harrison said. 

“The defeat at the weekend did not help matters either. What we need to do for now is keep pushing each other. At the end of the day we are professionals and we know what we want.

“It’s not easy motivating hungry players. It’s getting harder everyday but I have been talking to the players trying to make them smile. We just need to keep pushing and I hope we will get a good result tomorrow (today).”

FC Platinum are the Uhuru Cup reigning champions following their penalty shoot-out victory in last year’s edition over Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium.

The platinum miners have had an indifferent start to the season and they would also want to get back to winning ways following last weekend’s defeat to Chicken Inn.

Organisers of the Uhuru Cup have pegged entry fees at $2 for the rest of the ground, $5 for Upper Grand stand. and $10 for the VIP section.

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