DeMbare eye Unity Cup

HARARE - Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro insists they will field a full strength squad when they face bitter rivals Highlanders in the Zifa Unity Cup tomorrow.

The Harare giants face the Bulawayo giants in the Unity Cup showdown at Barbourfields desperate to grab a win and compensate for their underwhelming season.

The Glamour Boys’ four-year dominance in the premiership was brought to an end by newly-crowned champions Chicken Inn, in a season they have failed to lift any silverware.

Tonderai Ndiraya’s men are keen to avenge for the 1-2 defeat in the Easycall Cup semi-final at the hands of Highlanders at the same venue two weeks ago which put a huge dent in their quest to win any silverware this season.

It was the first time in three years that Bosso won a major silverware, with their last success having come at Barbourfields when they beat How Mine 3-0 in the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in 2013 under Kelvin Kaindu.

The Easycall semi-final triumph also ended the Bulawayo giants’ 10-year wait to beat their bitter rivals in a competitive encounter.

But talking about tomorrow’s tie Chihoro said players were geared for their showdown against Bosso and anything less than a win over their bitter rivals would not be acceptable and believed victory was certain.

“It’s one game that we are taking serious. We have been preparing for the game since last week and everyone is raring to go,” Chihoro told Daily News yesterday.

“We are definitely going to field our strongest possible side because to us it’s an important tournament. We are all looking ahead to the match and I am happy there are no injuries to talk about.

The match between the country’s biggest teams will be part of the National Unity Day celebrations and fans will be allowed to watch free of charge.

Winners will walk away with $20 000 while $15 000 has been set aside for the losing side.

Players who are part of the national team preparing for the Chan tournament will not be available for the clash.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela yesterday said preparations for the match are at an advanced stage and all is now set for the game.

“Everything is in place for the match to take place. We notified both clubs about the game and nothing has changed thus far,” said Gwesela.

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