The Herald (Harare)

18 September 2012

Zimbabwe: Caps Not Celebrating Yet

CAPS United coaches claim their panel-beating exercise is still in its infancy while Dynamos gaffer Callisto Pasuwa has blasted his players' attitude going into their defence of the Mbada Diamonds Cup. The Green Machine cleared a huge hurdle when they beat Motor Action, who lost in the final last year, 1-0 on a bumpy Potato Field pitch on Saturday.

DeMbare squeezed into the quarter-finals after beating lightweights Quelaton in a penalty shootout at Rufaro after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw.

A very late goal by the impressive Hardlife Zvirekwi sent a packed Trojan into jubilation as Makepekepe picked a second consecutive win.

The outstanding player on the day was dreadlocked midfielder, Tendai Samanje, whose work-rate helped CAPS United on the day.

CAPS United assistant coach, Mkhupali "Mr Copper" Masuku, said they still have a lot to work to do.

"Of course, we are in the quarter finals, and we had wanted to win our first Mbada Cup match," said Masuku.

"Now our focus is on Buffaloes and we hope we would be lucky with the pitch.

"Trojan wasn't good enough but it is a football pitch and at the end of the day there had to be a winner.

"We have won two consecutive matches and it's through hard work.

There is still a lot of work to be done and we have to win more games. I think we are getting there but we are not yet there.

"Despite the pitch condition, the players fought very hard with a fighting spirit and are showing great commitment."

Dynamos are still in the competition but did not impress many neutrals on Sunday with their coach, Pasuwa, questioning the focus of his players going into the match against Quelaton.

Pasuwa revealed that when he suggested to his boys that they practice taking penalties, just in case, during their Friday training session, most of them appeared to question his wisdom.

The players could not understand how their coach could try to make them take penalties in a match they were likely to win easily.

However, the Glamour Boys had to win in the penalty shootout lottery after 1-1 stalemate with the bottom-placed team on the Premiership table.

"The attitude was just wrong. The players just thought it's an easy game but even in England, Manchester United can lose to Wigan.

"Teams are the same and players have to engage into another gear.

"We spoke about penalty practice but they felt we would not reach that stage. Luckily enough, we did the penalty session and it helped," said Pasuwa.

Dynamos defensive midfielder Devon Chafa, who is the number one penalty taker at the club, took the first spot kick and it was executed very well.

The coach said they had confidence that star midfielder Denver Mukamba would score.

"We had confidence that he would score but the story affected him in a away and was not really himself.

"They (Warriors' doctor Nicholas Munyonga) should have consulted me first, I work with him daily or the team doctor, and I was surprised to read about it in the press."

The said his players now know the dangers of under-estimating the opponents and this will help them when they meet Gunners in the quarter-finals on October 21 at Torwood.

The Glamour Boys recently hammered Gunners 4-0 in a league match but they now know they can underestimate Moses "Bambo" Chunga at their own peril.

The Premier Soccer League have fixtured the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarters on the weekend of 20 to 21 October.

Chunga was also impressed with his youthful outfit, which turned on the heat on Chicken Inn to win 3-2 at Pelandaba.

But he says he is more concerned about steering his team from the relegation zone than doing well in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

"For now we are focusing on the league. I don't think there is any excitement," said Chunga.

"The most important thing is to focus on the predicament that we are in.

"I was impressed with the fighting spirit when we were down.

"We have been struggling to score and scoring three goals away from home, it is really positive."

Fixtures

Mbada Cup Quarter-Finals

Dynamos v Gunners (Torwood); CAPS United v Buffaloes (Gibo); Shabanie v FC Platinum (Mandava); Highlanders v Monomotapa (Colliery).

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