The Herald (Harare)

23 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Dynamos Bullish Ahead of Mbada Diamonds Cup Final

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The Zimbabwean Dynamos Football Club

DYNAMOS captain Desmond "Gazza" Maringwa believes his club's remarkable team spirit and their status, as the flag-bearers of Zimbabwe football, will help them power to success in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final at Rufaro tomorrow.

Speaking at a media conference, which was held in the capital yesterday, the skipper, said Monomotapa were even in awe of DeMbare and wanted to emulate the Glamour Boys.

He said the unique feature of DeMbare's character was that even though Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze was familiar with what happens at the Glamour Boys, being a former player himself, he could not take it to another club, including Monoz.

Maringwa, a veteran of many battles who was once coached by Zuze at junior level at Dynamos, even joked that such was his team's impact on people's lives, Zuze even wanted them to win the Cup.

"I think we will take the cup as we are the champions and the flag bearers of Zimbabwean football," said Maringwa.

"I believe Monomotapa are one of those teams that pretend to be Dynamos and they will always be pretenders.

"Zuze coached me at Dynamos juniors and he is my mentor, he knows the culture of this team, he taught us how to win and I am surprised he expects his team to win.

"It's always good to play against your mentor, it is a privilege really. I know deep down in his heart he would want Dynamos to win.

"At Dynamos we have always had a winning culture and having 19 titles is not a joke. To have won 19 titles is a tall order. Dynamos is an institution that is really difficult to frustrate."

Maringwa said after winning the inaugural Mbada Diamonds Cup last year, they now want to turn the silverware into their personal property.

"Mbada Diamonds Cup is now Mbada Dynamos Cup. We want to make it our own," said Maringwa.

"This is a wonderful tournament and we want to thank our sponsors. We are going to do well. We will do our best.

"Let it be a good game, a competitive one and we don't want to easily trample over them."

The Glamour Boys went into camp yesterday with 22 players and will announce the final 18 tomorrow morning.

The match, if it ends in a stalemate, will see the teams going into extra-time and then a penalty shootout lottery, if needed.

And while the skipper was exuding a lot of confidence stoking the flames, assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they usually prefer to speak after a match has been played.

Ndiraya says their road to the final has been bumpy as they scrapped through in some of the matches, such as the first round clash against Quelaton at Rufaro.

"As coaches we are well prepared we will finish the preparations tomorrow," said Ndiraya.

"We have put in a lot of work so that we lift the Cup and I am sure history is going to be made.

"I don't want to hide my feelings, we want to win the Cup. I want to assure you we will get a positive result.

"We have had a difficult run in this tournament in terms of play but I am sure on Saturday we are going to organise ourselves and we will give you a good match.

"It is nice to play Monomotapa, they always give us a good run but at the end of the day one team will win.

"I have heard a lot of talk from Monomotapa but DeMbare is a big club and a big institution and just walking into Rufaro Stadium means a lot. Be rest assured that the cup will be in our cabinet."

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