Scores to settle in Chibuku Super Cup semis

HARARE - Harare City assistant coach Witness Munkuli says they are ready to face an FC Platinum backlash when the two sides clash in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final at Mandava Stadium today.

The Sunshine Boys defeated the platinum miners 2-1 in a league match at Rufaro Stadium earlier this month — a result that dented the Zvishavane-based side’s title hopes.

With that in mind, FC Platinum are expected to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the Sunshine Boys in order to avenge for that defeat.

“We cannot count much on that win against them in the league; this is a totally different game all together,” Munkuli told the Daily News.

“We are expecting them to come at us. Remember they are also in the race for the title and they would definitely want to appease their fans. But we are aware of the threat they pose and we have been preparing with that in mind.”

The Sunshine Boys are the defending champions of this competition after defeating Dynamos in the final last year at the National Sports Stadium.

Munkuli said their aim is to defend the Cup to atone for a disappointing league campaign which has seen them languish in mid-table despite having a strong squad and financially stability; ingredients that are lacking at most top flight sides.

“This is a big game for us and a chance to get into the finals will afford us an opportunity to defend our title,” the former CAPS United goalkeeper said.

“I think the team is in good shape and we are quite aware that this is our chance to end the season with something after a difficult season in the league. We are going there hoping to play our normal game and ensure we progress to the final.”

The Sunshine Boys booked their place in the last four of the competition after seeing off ZPC Kariba 4-3 on penalties after the quarter-final had ended 2-2 in regulation time.

Harare City were handed a timely boost earlier this week after star midfielder Ronald Chitiyo recovered from a bout of flu and will be available for selection.

FC Platinum have not given up on their hopes of a league and cup double and are desperate to avenge their defeat to the Sunshine Boys in the league two weeks ago.

Victory for Platinum this afternoon could go a long way in reviving their push for a league and cup double.

In the other semi-final on tomorrow, Ngezi Platinum Stars host Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.

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