Chibuku Cup can save our season: Murape

HARARE - With their Castle Premier League results on the slide, Dynamos’ season seemingly rests on Chibuku Super Cup glory, starting with a first round clash against How Mine at Rufaro Stadium this weekend.

The Glamour Boys slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Highlanders last weekend which virtually ended their pursuit of their 22nd Zimbabwean league title.

DeMbare now trail log leaders FC Platinum by a massive 12 points with seven matches left before the season ends.

Of course, mathematically they are still in the race for the title but frustration looms among die-hard supporters of the club as they have under-performed this campaign leaving the Chibuku Cup as their only chance for redemption.

Dynamos assistant coach Murape Murape admitted their form in the league has not been the best but now this knockout competition can ease the pain. 

“We want to atone for the loss at Barbourfields and also for the bad run that we have had in the league this year,” Murape said.

“So, the Chibuku Cup gives us an opportunity to win silverware this season. We really want to win it and we are pushing the players to forget about what happened last Sunday and concentrate on what is ahead because it does not make any sense to dwell on the past game.

“The most important game is the next match and that’s how we are looking at it. It was like a stabbing in the heart given the manner in which we crumbled against Highlanders because we were in full control of the game and with about 15 minutes to go we made silly mistakes.

“It has been our story this year and it’s probably some of the things that have cost us in the title race.

“The level of tactical discipline within the players leaves a lot to be desired because it’s very important how they apply themselves on the field of play.”

The Glamour Boys have twice met How Mine this season in the league with both matches ending in goalless draws.

However, Murape feels this is a different competition and they will do all they can to progress to the quarter-finals.

“For us our focus is to win every game that we play. We are preparing for a game against How Mine and we want to win and ensure we progress to the next round,” Murape said.

“It’s a cup game and in every match that we play we always want to be number one, that’s our culture as Dynamos.

“Second-best is not acceptable that’s the mentality we have — to be number one in every competition.

“There are no excuses and everyone in the team knows that.

“What is happening in the league has never been in our control since we came but in this cup we have a chance to win.”

Dynamos will once again miss the services of defenders Marshal Machazane and Elisha Muroiwa while midfielder Masimba Mambare will have to undergo a late fitness test as he is struggling with a calf injury.

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