14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Startrack Faces Dynamos in Final

STARTRACK Freight Under-20 soccer tournament defending champions, Startrack, take on Dynamos in the final at Gwanzura on Sunday bullish that they can upset the giants. The two teams booked their places in the final after last week's semi-finals at Zimbabwe Grounds.

Dynamos beat rivals CAPS United 9-8 after a penalty shootout while Startrack defeated DC Academy.

Speaking ahead of the final, Startrack coach, Ikabort Masocha, said they were not under pressure to deliver and were ready for the final.

"I think we can face any team as we have come a long way to be in the finals.

"Dynamos will be under pressure as our boys will want to beat the best.

"We are looking forward to a tough match but we are the defending champions and can not let our title just slip away from us.

"We are not intimidated by their name as the players are of the same age although we have respect for our opponents,' Masocha said.

The final was not held last week because of bad light.

Dynamos assistant coach, Herbert Maruwa, said they were ready to clear the final hurdle.

"We have won in the senior level and we can not manage to loose in our junior ranks. The team is well prepared for the final and we will fight to the very end to win the trophy.

"We have a name to protect so it will not be a walk in the park for Startrack.

"The event has attracted a lot of clubs who are competitive but we have managed to pull through.

"Our aim is to see these youngsters progress to the next stage," Maruwa said.

Semi-finalists CAPS United and DC Academy will be the curtain-raisers.

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