Chibuku Super Cup final explodes

HARARE - Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya insists his charges relish their role as underdogs and will use it as motivation when they face FC Platinum in this afternoon’s Chibuku Super Cup final at Baobab Stadium.

The former Dynamos gaffer, who joined Ngezi Platinum in June, believes their clash against an FC Platinum side, who is heavily involved in the Castle Lager Premiership title race, will be “one of the toughest games of their lives” but is confident they will be able to compete.

Since the arrival of Ndiraya, Ngezi Platinum Stars have proved many people wrong by upsetting some of the big clubs, a fact perfectly highlighted by their presence in the final.

Due to their experience in the topflight league, FC Platinum will start today’s final as the favourites, Ngezi showed they are not easily fazed after defeating Highlanders 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium in the semi-finals.

“We will be underdogs obviously, there is no doubt about that, but it’s something that people were saying since the start of the tournament,” Ndiraya told the Daily News.

“But we like it that way. We always seem to be the underdogs but that title suits us, it takes a bit of pressure off. I think we have proven that we can cut it against the top teams in the country.

“People keep asking questions of us and we keep answering them. We will need to do that again tomorrow (today) because it will be one of the toughest games of our lives. They are fighting for the title and that alone shows the kind of opponents we are facing. We are therefore giving them the respect they deserve. But we also want to win this cup that’s not a secret.”

Ndiraya said they will be counting on home advantage to get the better of FC Platinum miners who are aiming to win the cup for the second time in three years.

“We are at home and we are hoping to maximise on home advantage. Remember there is also added motivation of playing in the Caf Confederations cup next year. I think I can say we are now ready to face them,” added Ndiraya.

Ndiraya will be without the services of reliable centre half Byron Madzokere who is suspended for accumulating two yellow cards in the tournament. In his absence, Ndiraya could use either Talent Chamboko or Davison Tavari as a replacement.

For FC Platinum, this is their real chance of ending the season with some silverware after surrender the lead in the Castle Premiership title race to CAPS United.

Norman Mapeza’s side found themselves trailing the Green Machine by two points with two matches left.

Chibuku Super Cup Final

Today: Ngezi Platinum Stars v FC Platinum (Baobab, 2pm)

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