ZPC ready for City

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has refused to read much into history books when they go into battle against defending champions Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinal match at Nyamhunga Stadium tomorrow.

The two teams, who have had an indifferent 2016 Castle Premiership season, were paired against each other in the quarter-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup tournament, in a draw conducted in Gweru earlier this week.

On paper it appears an easy fixture for the Sunshine Boys having enjoyed relative success against the power utility-owned side. The two teams have already met three times this season with the City Fathers emerging victorious in all the encounters.

Moses Chunga’s charges prevailed twice in the league and also knocked Sunday Chidzambwa’s outfit out of the Zimbabwe National Army Charities tournament. But despite playing second fiddle to City, Chidzambwa insists this will be a different game all together.

“This is a different ball game all together. It’s a Cup game and for you to proceed to the next round you need to beat your opponents,” Chidzambwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“Of course, they beat us twice in the League but this is a Cup game and anything is possible. And just like in all the matches we play, we always want to do well and proceed to the finals and that is also my wish in this tournament.”

Chidzambwa said in as much as they want to go all the way to the finals, they will have to be at their level best to go past a stubborn Harare City side.

“You also have to understand that all the remaining teams in this tournament want to lift the cup and it will not be easy for everyone,” added Chidzambwa.

“For now, our focus is the game against Harare City and it is going to be difficult for both teams.

“We want to win and they will also be looking for a positive result. We will use the same approach and hopefully progress to the next game.

Harare City are the defending champions of the Chibuku Super Cup after beating Dynamos 2-1 in last year’s final at the National Sports Stadium when Taurai Mangwiro was still in charge.

The Sunshine Boys went on to represent the country in the Caf Confederations Cup where they were knocked out in the first round by Zambian side Zanaco. City will be hoping to maintain their good record against Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges. 

Harare City have not been consistent in their performances in the league.

They will, however, be hoping to pick up from where they left in the first round where they emerged as the biggest winners after thumping Border Strikers 4-0 at Rufaro Stadium.

Tomorrow will also see newboys Ngezi Platinum Stars welcome struggling Tsholotsho to Baobab Stadium in the other quarterfinal.

The other two quarterfinal matches between Highlanders and How Mine as well as Triangle versus FC Platinum will be played on Sunday.

Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinal fixtures:

Tomorrow: ZPC Kariba v Harare City (Nyamhunga Stadium), Ngezi Platinum v Tsholotsho (Baobab Stadium)

Sunday: How Mine v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Triangle v FC Platinum (Gibbo)

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