23 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Dynamos, Monoz in Mbada Cup Battle

Photo: Confederation of African Football.
The Zimbabwean Dynamos Football Club

DYNAMOS and Monomotapa pull down the curtain on the season when they clash in what is likely to be a cracker in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

Their last league encounter a few weeks ago was one of the most anticipated and entertaining clashes of the season, and the final should be no different. DeMbare won 2-1.The Harare giants will battle for the coveted silverware and US$100 000 prize money.

Dynamos striker Denver Mukamba's mettle will come under yet another test against Monomotapa, who love to monopolise the ball.

In Ronald Chitiyo, Kuda Musharu and Osborn Mukuradare, Monomotapa has potential match winners as they attack collectively, unlike Dynamos who possesses mostly individual talent.

For Dynamos, striker Simba Sithole has also started to show the form that took him to South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns from Caps United and his shooting precision is likely to worry the Monomotapa camp.

But Monomotapa have the ability to put opponents under siege with their possession type of football. They just have to be wary of Dynamos' ability to turn defence into attack within seconds.

Tawanda Mparati has blossomed this term for DeMbare, especially in the latter half after assuming the captain's responsibility. He is always a danger with a sweet left foot at the edge of the penalty box.Dynamos are more effective when Mukamba motors forward with the ball seemingly stuck to his feet.

Biggie Zuze's Monoz have played some of the best football this season and they can cap that with some silverware and a fat cheque to use in the Confederation Cup.Having played so much football this season, competing in every domestic competition as well as on the continent, fatigue seems to be getting the better of Dynamos players but they need to make a final push to end another successful season in style.

At a press conference organised by the sponsors yesterday, coaches from both camps declared war on each other ahead of the big match.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said while his team is feeling the effects of fatigue they have a plan to neutralise Monomotapa's impressive style of play.

"We have played more football than anybody else; in our last game you could see that the players were tired, we have been working on a plan and we will put that to use on Saturday (tomorrow)," said Ndiraya.

"Dynamos is a big institution and we have a winning culture so our opponents cannot expect to walk out of Rufaro with a favourable result. We want to make this cup ours by winning it many more times." he added.

On the other hand Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze said that they were confident their brand of football would carry the day."We are expecting a good game," said Zuze. "We have been playing well and we are confident we will not disappoint on Saturday (tomorrow).

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