ZPC Hwange de­clare war on Tech­no­sphere

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - To­bias Man­doreba Hwange Cor­re­spon­dent

ZPC Hwange have de­clared war on their ri­vals Tech­no­sphere when the two coal min­ing town teams clash in what should be a mouth-wa­ter­ing John Landa Nkomo Liquor Hub Su­per 8 quar­ter fi­nal clash at the Col­liery Sta­dium this af­ter­noon.

The elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors’ coach Njabulo “JB” Dube said they were aim­ing to lift the cup and have some­thing to show for what has been an im­pres­sive sea­son so far.

“We are tak­ing this game very se­ri­ously and win­ning this cup will serve as a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor to the boys in the league.

“Tech­no­sphere have im­proved of late but we are in no mood for favours. Be­sides, a clash with a fel­low town team is al­ways a bat­tle for supremacy so we will fight to the end so that we progress to the next stage.

“I have an ar­ray of stars but will be bank­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ence of the likes of Bright­like Kekala in goal, de­fence pin Clive Ng­wenya, Mor­gan Ny­oni and 2015 Soc­cer Star of the Year fi­nal­ist Garikayi Sian­goma in the mid­dle of the park as well as Bongani Dube and Tryson Muzamba in at­tack,” said the dread­locked Dube.

He added that his side will look at main­tain­ing con­sis­tency as they are the only club to have lost a sin­gle game in 16 matches so far in the league.

Tech­no­sphere head coach Weekly Mwale ad­mit­ted they go into the match as un­der­dogs but was con­fi­dent they could cause an up­set.

“It is not a se­cret that we go into the match against our more il­lus­tri­ous op­po­nents as un­der­dogs but der­bies are al­ways tricky and I’m sure we can sur­prise ZPC Hwange in front of what should be a bumper crowd.

“There is a big ri­valry be­tween the clubs and I ex­pect my boys to raise the bar and I am sure cap­tain Hu­bert Sibanda will be the sta­bil­is­ing fac­tor from the heart of de­fence which is where our main strength lies,” said Mwale.

In the league, the two sides shared the spoils ear­lier this year at Lwen­dulu Old ground in a pul­sat­ing en­counter which ended goal­less.

The Su­per 8 tour­na­ment, which is named after the late Vice Pres­i­dent John Landa Nkomo, is spon­sored by busi­ness­man Raj Modi to the tune of $5 000 and is for teams that were in the top eight in the first half of the sea­son.

The win­ners of the tourney will walk away with $1 500 and los­ing fi­nal­ists $800.

Los­ing semi-fi­nal­ists are guar­an­teed $400 each, while teams that fail to make it past the quar­ter­fi­nal stage will get $200.

The re­main­der of the spon­sor­ship pack­age will be used by the Zifa South­ern Re­gion to pay match of­fi­cials, the po­lice and for sta­dia.

Gate charges for all games have been set at $1. A dou­ble header is on the cards in the other quar­ter­fi­nals to be played in Bulawayo to­mor­row at White City Sta­dium.

Po­lice sides Black Boots and ZRP Bulawayo will clash in the first match fol­lowed by the Bantu Rovers and Bulawayo Chiefs’ en­counter.

The Rovers-Chiefs clash has been dubbed “the fi­nal be­fore the fi­nal” and the en­counter is a po­ten­tial thriller.

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