Chibuku Su­per Cup starts

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma Se­nior Sports Re­porter

TSHOLOTSHO coach Dar­ling­ton Dodo be­lieves his men are primed to de­feat Bantu Rovers when they clash in a Chibuku Su­per Cup pre­lim­i­nary round match at Man­dava this af­ter­noon.

It is a dou­ble-header at Man­dava with the two sides meet­ing in the 3pm match af­ter Hwange and Yadah Stars square off in a lunch-time kick off.

Win­ners of these matches will progress to the first round, where the team which emerges vic­to­ri­ous in the first match will play Chicken Inn while How Mine will en­ter­tain the win­ner of the other match.

Yes­ter­day Dodo, the for­mer Gun­ners coach, who has done duty in Botswana as well as with South Africa Divi­sion One clubs, says he can tac­ti­cally help his troops in the crunch match.

“From the bench, I think I will help them tac­ti­cally, my pres­ence in the team is al­ready an ad­van­tage as I have been in­volved in many Cup games and even the Cham­pi­ons League matches. I know how to mo­ti­vate play­ers for such games and the boys have been good in try­ing to adapt as quickly as pos­si­ble,” said Dodo.

Dodo has ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve as his play­ers are nat­u­rally mo­ti­vated play­ing in a Chibuku Su­per Cup where they are guar­an­teed some good money should they re­main in the tour­na­ment.

Last week, Tsholotsho play­ers re­fused to train be­cause of un­paid dues and only met be­fore the match.

They stunned High­landers 1-0 last month for their first vic­tory be­fore mak­ing it two in row with an­other 2-1 win against Sha­banie Mine.

Last week­end they held ZPC Kariba to a goal­less draw.

“We are ready. One good thing is we man­aged to train this week, last week there was an in­dus­trial ac­tion.

“What has mo­ti­vated them is the Cup it­self. They got some money this week, but the fact that we are play­ing in a Cup game has boosted them.

“They want to progress to the next round. They are up­beat,” he said.

Dodo said they know Bantu Rovers can spring a sur­prise.

“They are in the same league as us and are a good team and we have to ap­proach the match care­fully and not un­der­rate them.

“With Cup games, you can­not take chances and we will go into the game with a pos­i­tive mind from the word go, try to be more of­fen­sive so that we get a goal,’’ he said.

Last sea­son, 31 030 fans paid to watch 14 matches that were played across the coun­try.

Thirty seven goals were scored dur­ing these matches with Ngezi Plat­inum skip­per Lib­erty Chako­roma fin­ish­ing as the top scorer with four goals.

The fi­nal has been set for Novem­ber 11.


Chibuku Su­per Cup Pre­lim­i­nary Round: To­day: Hwange v Yadah (Man­dava, 1pm); Tsholotsho v Bantu Rovers (Man­dava, 3pm).

Dar­ling­ton Dodo

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