ZPC Hwange lift JM Nkomo In­vi­ta­tional cup

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

SOUTH­ERN Re­gion Divi­sion One league run­ners-up ZPC Hwange will seek so­lace in lift­ing the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo In­vi­ta­tional Cup af­ter los­ing the cham­pi­onship to Bu­l­awayo Chiefs.

ZPC Hwange face Bu­l­awayo Chiefs in a quar­ter­fi­nal en­counter of the Trukumb Min­ing En­ter­prises spon­sored tour­na­ment to­mor­row at the Col­liery Sta­dium.

The power gen­er­a­tors’ coach Njab­ulo “Jayza” Dube said they are ready for Chiefs.

“We know that this match is go­ing to be tightly con­tested, but we’re ready for the fight. We al­ways play to win and this time around what fur­ther drives us is that de­sire to make up for los­ing the cham­pi­onship to Chiefs,” said Dube.

ZPC Hwange drew 0-0 against Chiefs a fort­night ago in a league match played in Hwange and Dube tips his charges to elec­tro­cute their op­po­nents.

The elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors will bank on striker Qi­nani Sibanda, who has scored nine goals in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, goal­keeper Har­mon Nare, skip­per Is­rael Muka­hanana, Mlungisi Ndlovu and ex-Chiefs’ at­tack­ing mid­fielder De­sire Shum­ban­hete. They also Mor­gan Ny­oni, who has been key in their cam­paign.

Chiefs coach, Thulani Sibanda, said they are go­ing to Hwange to soak pres­sure from their op­po­nents and play their nor­mal game.

“Our tar­get was to win the cham­pi­onship and we did that with ease. Now we are just go­ing there to en­joy the game, ab­sorb pres­sure be­cause we know that they will throw every­thing at us. My play­ers are geared up for the game and are hun­gry to show that they de­serve to be cham­pi­ons,” said Sibanda.

The ZPC Hwange-Chiefs game will be played af­ter the Mata­bele­land North Un­der-20 select’s match against Cas­myn.

Mean­while, the Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Un­der20 select team will take on Black Boots at Lu­veve Sta­dium in a 12PM kick-off, with army side Indlovu Iyany­athela bat­tling it out against Talen Vi­sion at 3PM.

The cup com­pe­ti­tion is spon­sored to the tune of $10 000 and win­ners will take home $2 400, with the run­ners-up get­ting $1 500. Los­ing semi-fi­nal­ists will walk away with $700 each, while teams knocked out in the first round will each pocket $300.

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