Beefy warns FC Platinum

HARARE – Harare City coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube believes beating FC Platinum in tomorrow’s Castle Challenge Cup final at Mandava Stadium will go a long way in atoning for their relegation from the top flight.

The Sunshine Boys had a disappointing 2017 Castle Lager Premiership season where they finished in 16th place and subsequently dropped down to the second tier league.

Due to their vast financial resources, many expected the council-owned to be fighting for the championship but football is crazy sport with money not always guaranteeing success.

The Sunshine Boys however, won the country’s richest knockout competition the Chibuku Super Cup when they beat how Mine 3-1 in the final last month.

Following that victory they won the right to face the league champions in tomorrow’s season-closing final game which has $50 000 at stake. The winners tomorrow will walk away with $30 000 while the losers get $20 000.

The Castle Lager Challenge Cup was introduced to celebrate the Premier Soccer League’s existence since 1992 with the league champions playing the Chibuku Super Cup winners.

Ncube said the Sunshine Boys want to go to Division One in style by spoiling the Pure Platinum Play’s party in their own home ground to lift the Challenge Cup.

Philani Ncube

“We would love to go to Division One with a bang and we are going to treat this game just like any other that we have played this season,” Ncube told the Daily News.

“The relegation effect will come in 2018 and the present moment we are still in the Premier League even though we are relegated.”

The former How Mine and Bulawayo City coach said his side will not be naive by going to Mandava and employ an expansive game plan.

“As much as we want to go there and attack we also need to exercise caution,” Ncube warned.

“We are not going to give them any room to play because the moment we do that then we are in trouble. We will need to push them under pressure and force them to change their strategy.

“They are the champions for the league and we are also champions for the cup so it’s two champions who are meeting and I don’t think there is any need for special treatment for them.”

Ncube said they are not fazed by going away to FC Platinum’s home ground where in the past the Sunshine Boys have suffered dearly at the hands of Pure Platinum Play in cup competitions.

“We have played in Mandava before; we have drawn there and we have also won there so as long as our passports are not stamped we are not away from home,” he said.

Ncube also added that although it was hard being relegated they have since accepted their plight and doing all they can to be mentally prepared for the match.

“Of course being relegated; the boys are disappointed but we are trying to psyche them up,” he said.

“We have been talking to them to understand the situation and accept it as it is because nothing will change now. What is left is for us to sign off in style by winning the Challenge Cup.”