The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Monoz Ready for Battle

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The Zimbabwean Dynamos Football Club

MONOMOTAPA stand-in captain, Brian Mapfumo, believes they owe it to their fans and their sponsor, Harare businessman Solomon Mugavazi, to win the Mbada Diamonds Cup final at Rufaro tomorrow.

Monoz are looking to build on the impressive run in the tournament which saw them oust giants Highlanders in impressive fashion after coming back from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in the quarter-finals at the Colliery.

Monomotapa have been in top form this season and they beat FC Platinum 1-0 at Sakubva in the semi-finals.

This is a huge leap from last season when they were booted out in the first leg of the same tournament by Motor Action.

The Glamour Boys booked their ticket when they outplayed bitter rivals CAPS United in a 3-0 win in a semi-final tie at Barbourfields to edge closer to an historic back-to-back League and Cup double.

Monomotapa thrive on a unique and exciting brand of passing football and big teams like CAPS United, Highlanders and FC Platinum have found it difficult to match them.

DeMbare have lost once to Monomotapa (1-0) in the league this year before hitting back in the reverse fixture after coming from behind to register a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Rufaro.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mapfumo said it would be good to cap a good season by winning the big Cup tomorrow.

"It is going to be war for Dynamos," declared Mapfumo.

"We have been playing good football this season and we want to cap our fine season by winning the Mbada Cup so that we can have something to show.

"We want to win this cup for our supporters, sponsors and our president Solomon Mugavaza, we have promised him the Mbada Cup."

Driven by a pool of young, talented and hardworking players like Ronald "Rooney" Chitiyo Makai Kawashu, Osbourne Mukuradare, Hillary Mugoniwa, Russel Madamombe and Tendai Ngulube, Monomotapa have had an impressive show this season.

Exciting forward Chitiyo has been one of the outstanding players in the campaign, beginning with a man-of-the-match performance against Hardbody when he scored a hattrick.

Chitiyo followed with another man-of-the match performance when they dispatched Highlanders at the Colliery with Mukuradare, Madamombe and Mugoniwa getting the goals.

Speaking at the same media briefing, Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze said his team was ready for the big encounter.

"One thing that I can assure you is that we will never disappoint. And I am sure we are going to get a positive result," said Zuze.

"We don't have any problem playing against big teams because it's a motivation on its own.

"We have talked to the boys about the need to stay focused throughout the game and I am confident we will win this time around."

Monomotapa have received a big boost with the return of former Dynamos striker Tawanda Nyamandwe from injury.

"We have a clean bill of health and I am glad to announce that Tawanda is back from injury and will be available for selection tomorrow," Zuze said.

Nyamandwe, who is also the Monoz regular skipper, has been battling a recurrent ankle injury that has forced him to miss some important assignments, including his side's last two outings against Gunners and Buffaloes.

He has a knack of scoring against DeMbare and scored his team's priceless goal, in a 1-0 win against the Glamour Boys in the league, and then scored again when they lost the reverse fixture.

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