Manuvire eyes Chibuku glory

HARARE - After enduring an indifferent season thus far, ZPC Kariba midfielder Raphael Manuvire wants to reward the club’s loyal fans by winning the Chibuku Super Cup.

The power utility company team’s supporters have stood by their team through some challenging times this season and this afternoon they face Harare City in the first semi-final of the Chibuku Super Cup at Mandava Stadium hoping to win the cup for their fans.

ZPC loyalists have travelled long distances in good numbers to rally behind their team and Manuvire appreciates the backing they have been getting during what has been a difficult season in which they feared fighting for survival.

Manuvire believes a win against Harare City would make up for their poor showing this season.

“We might not be playing well in the league but I think for this game everyone is motivated to win,” he said.

“Harare City are playing very well so we are not taking them lightly but that doesn’t mean we are not going to win that game, we have high chances of winning this cup.

“We need to win something for our fans this season, we have been struggling in the league so we have a lot to prove in this game, surely we can’t afford losing everything.

“Everyone is now adapting to the philosophy of our new coach Sunday Chidzambwa. I think if we put more effort, we are capable of winning the Cup and avoiding the chop.

“We want to approach the game with a positive mind.”

Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro said: “They will definitely come into the game with high confidence. But we have done our homework. We hope to turn things around this time.

“They have been on a revival and posted some decent results recently. They also beat us in the league the last time we met at Nyamhunga,” said Mangwiro.

“It will not be easy though. Remember it’s a cup game and by nature, current form generally doesn’t count in matches like these.

“We know that Kariba are a team with high quality and it will be a very hard, close game.

“But we also want to play in the final and we will do all we can to achieve that feat. It will be great to finish the season on the high. So we are looking forward to the game and everyone is focused on the task at hand.”

Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals fixtures:

All fixtures at Mandava Stadium

Today: Harare City v ZPC Kariba

Sunday: Chapungu v Dynamos

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