Diya rallies How Mine

HARARE - How Mine Mine goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya is brimming with confidence as he declared his team ready for the Chibuku Super Cup final against Harare City tomorrow.

The gold miners face the Sunshine Boys in the Chibuku Super Cup final set for Rufaro Stadium where fans will pay $2 for the rest of the ground.

And Diya, one of the senior players in this How Mine team, said they have done everything in preparing for the big match that guarantees a ticket to represent the country in the African Confederation Cup.

“We have been preparing for this game and I can safely say that we are ready for them,” Diya told the Daily News yesterday.

“We are raring to go. It is one of the biggest Cups in the country and it puts us under the spotlight and as players we will try to push to ensure we do well. To us there is no better motivation. The fact that we are in a cup final is enough motivation.”

Diya was, however, quick to highlight that it’s not going to be an easy match.

“Cup games are tricky and usually there are no favourites. By their nature Cup games are difficult so we need to adopt the right attitude,” the goalkeeper said.

“There is no room for mistakes in matches of this magnitude. Remember winners of this cup will represent the country in Africa so it will be awesome if we can go all the way and lift the Cup. We know Harare City are a good side capable of upsetting anyone but we are ready for them.”

How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu has already highlighted mental strength as key from his charges if they are to win the cup.

“We have to work on the mindset of the players,” Kaindu said to the Daily News earlier this week.

“We are raising the psychological preparedness of our players for these kinds of big events. The mental toughness of the players needs to be strong. We should be ready for anything and it’s something that we are emphasising on to the players.”

To reach the final, How Mine dislodged relegated side Bantu Rovers 2-0 in the first round before subduing Chapungu 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

In the last four stage, Kaindu’s team turned on the style to defeat Shabanie Mine 3-1.

As for Harare City, their road to tomorrow’s final started with a 2-1 first round win over Highlanders before they edged Black Rhinos 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

The Sunshine Boys secured their final spot following another slender 1-0 win over Bulawayo City.      

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