Hwange up­beat in Chibuku Su­per Cup

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

HWANGE are aim­ing to have an­other dance with the elite clubs in the African con­ti­nent by lift­ing the pres­ti­gious Chibuku Su­per Cup and with it a ticket to par­tic­i­pate in the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup for the sec­ond time in five years hav­ing taken part in the 2012 edi­tion.

To achieve that feat which came as a re­sult of fin­ish­ing fourth in the 2011 sea­son, the coalmin­ers will have to take the first gi­ant step this af­ter­noon and pre­vail over fel­low min­ers Ngezi Plat­inum in what promises to be a cliffhanger first round tie at Baobab Sta­dium, home of the Premier­ship debu­tants.

Coach Me­belo Njekwa be­lieves they have to make up for a medi­ocre sea­son by fight­ing tooth and nail all the way in this tour­na­ment.

“We are ready for this match which ob­vi­ously will be a tough one but we are hope­ful that we can atone for a medi­ocre sea­son by sur­pris­ing every­one to lift this cup.

“We also hold a psy­cho­log­i­cal edge over our ad­ver­saries as we beat them 2-0 in our league match in Hwange, which in­ter­est­ingly was their first loss and our first home win in the league.

“This com­pe­ti­tion also serves as a route to the Caf com­pe­ti­tion and that is mo­ti­va­tion enough for us as we yearn to use the 2012 ex­pe­ri­ence in this African show­case.

“The morale in the camp is high and my play­ers are rar­ing to go.” said a buoy­ant and soft speak­ing Njekwa.

His sen­ti­ments were echoed by cap­tain and vet­eran de­fender Obert Moyo who will be at the heart of the coalmin­ers’ rear­guard.

“We have pre­pared very well and go­ing to Ngezi all out for a win. Tra­di­tion­ally we do far much bet­ter when we play away from home as there is no pres­sure and I have trust in my col­leagues who are also itch­ing to leave an in­deli­ble mark in this tour­na­ment.

‘‘Be­sides, the peo­ple of Hwange re­li­giously sup­port our team and it is high time we make them happy.” said Moyo. Young Gift Mb­weti, by far Hwange’s best player this year and with­out any doubt one of the best play­ers in the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier league at the mo­ment, is also con­fi­dent of cruis­ing into the next stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The match will be tough that is a fact as Ngezi Plat­inum will be out to fully utilise home ad­van­tage but I am con­fi­dent we will sail through to the next stage.

“I will play my nor­mal game and hope to con­trib­ute to the team’s suc­cess at the end of the day,” said Mb­weti.

Other play­ers ex­pected to give Hwange the edge in­clude; vastly im­proved goal­keeper Future Sibanda, de­fence pil­lars Ger­ald Ndlovu and David Bori­wondo, mid­field en­gine rooms Farai Vimi­sai, In­no­cent Much­eneka and Pritchard Mpelele who will look to sup­ply clean balls to age­less striker Gil­bert Zulu up­front.

Not to be out­done, the Ton­derai Ndi­raya coached home team will be bank­ing on play­ers like joint Cas­tle Lager Player of the Month for July 2016 James Ngu­lube, Lib­erty Chako­roma, Ter­rence Dzuka­manja, Kelvin Bu­laji and Edgar Tapera.

They also have a shrewd men­tor in Ndi­raya — @ to­by­man­dox.

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