Curtain comes down on CBZ Cup

Sukoluhle Mthethwa



THE curtain comes down on the CBZ Cup with league debutantes Mwana Africa clashing with a “have-been-there” Chapungu in the finals of the $200 million

CBZ Cup at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.


Both clubs are itching for success with Chapungu having last played the Madison Trophy Cup final in 2002.


Mwana Africa will be appearing in a cup final for the first time since they joined the top-flight league this season.


The nickel miners qualified to play in the finals after beating Buymore 2-1 in the semi-final that was played in their backyard two weeks ago.


In the competition that witness league veterans failing during the initial stages, Mwana Africa made it to the last two when popular sides Dynamos, Highlanders and Caps United fell by the wayside.


Chapungu on the other hand qualified when Tapiwa Khumbuyani grabbed the solitary goal against Hwange in the semi-finals giving the Gweru-based side a ticket to appear in the finals of the cup.


Mwana Africa manager Milton Nyamadzawo said his side is now prepared for their first ever cup final tie against Chapungu on Sunday.


“We are now waiting for the match,” said Nyamadzawo. “We want to win the tie against Chapungu on Sunday.”


He said although they were league newcomers they were ready to play in their first cup final and want to continue winning.


“We are league debutants but we want to play well,” Nyamadzawo said. “We are building and sustaining a winning culture in the team.”


Nyamadzawo also said that the team had now forgotten about their 3-1 loss to 2006 league champions Highlanders on Sunday and their focus has now shifted on Chapungu.


“We will not in anyway be affected by our loss to Highlanders,” said Nyamadzawo. “We just want to play well and win the cup.”


Mwana Africa captain Costa Maradzike was also optimistic that they would win the cup on Sunday as he predicted a 2-0 victory over Chapungu.


Maradzike said the team had forgotten about their weekend loss to league champions Highlanders last Sunday.


“We know we lost against Highlanders,” said Maradzike. “But that is not going to affect us against Chapungu. We are going to win 2-0.”


Stanford Ncube the Secretary of Chapungu said there was unity of purpose in his team’s camp. “We have reached the finals because of unity,” said Ncube. “We have unity of mind and of purpose and we are working as a team and we have no injuries.”


The winner of the cup will represent Zimbabwe in the CAF Confederations Cup next year.


Mwana Africa have former Dynamos striker Tendai Mwarura who can trouble the Chapungu defence. Chipo Tsodzo and Thomas Svesve will have to keep an eye on Cuthbert Malajila.


Malajila is the leading CBZ Cup goalscorer with five goals and he will want to increase his goal tally.


Malajila has been an inspiration for Chapungu and he is among the 2006 soccer star of the year finalist. Mwana Africa will, on their part, have to contend with another 2006 soccer star of the year finalist Philiph Marufu who has been playing well this season.