Brett driving Abbas crazy ahead of derby

HARARE - A voice has been ringing in CAPS United midfielder Abbas Amidu’s head and it has reached a point of driving him towards insanity ahead of today’s Harare derby against Dynamos.

Abbas hears the voice when he wakes up, he hears it when he is having his breakfast and even when he is having dinner. The voice is none other than that of his young brother Brett, who plays for DeMbare.

Today’s confrontation between the two Harare giants will see the Amidu brothers, sons of former Dynamos and Arcadia United midfielder Hussein, go head-to-head.

Although the brothers are Aces Youth Soccer Academy alma mater, they have taken different career paths which will see them now represent these two rivals today.   

“It’s been a difficult time for me in the past week because of all the trash talk I’m receiving from Brett.

“He’s always getting onto my nerves,” Abbas jokingly tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“Staying in the same house with him is now driving me crazy because all I have been hearing this week is  ‘CAPS is going to lose on Sunday’.

“He says CAPS and Harare City are his two favourite teams to play against since he always has a good game against these two teams.

“He is insisting it is not going to change on Sunday (today) and there is no single defender from CAPS that can stop him; he is convinced that he will be on the score sheet today.”

Although this might come across as light banter between two brothers, Abbas is fully aware of the qualities his younger sibling possesses.

“Look, he might be trying to wing me up with his trash talk but he’s my brother and he can back it up on the field with his talent,” Abbas says.

“We do a lot of extra training together and I know how good he is.

“If our defenders give him any room ... he will punish us.

“I’m happy as his elder brother because with the way he is talking, it shows he’s grown into a confident player and he has been doing well in the past three or four games.”

It’s not only the two brothers who are divided in the Amidu household; their parents are also routing for different sides today.

Having represented DeMbare in the 90s; naturally Hussein’s blood is blue while his wife is a staunch CAPS fan even before her son joined the side.

“Mom and dad have got their own rivalry brewing at home. Kumba kuri kutobikwa mapoto two akasiyana (they are not seeing eye to eye because of this game),” Abbas jokes about the situation created by the Harare derby between his parents.        

“They are not going to the game together. Mom will find her own way to the stadium while dad is going on his own. ”

Turning to the game, Abbas is confident the Green machine will continue with the good form as they are now just four games away from winning the championship.

“... we are just concentrating on getting three points since we can see the Promised Land,” he says.

“As a team, we have been through some trying times; financially, on and off the pitch but we have stayed strong.

“We have shown the whole nation that money does not buy you success but only hard work and togetherness.”

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