NOSTALGIC feelings will be the order of the day when a Mutare side play in final of the countryâ€™s major football knockout competition for the first time in 10 years.
Back then, it was the now-defunct Tanganda who got the better of Caps United in the Castle Cup final just over a decade ago. Now, Eastern Lions are hoping to emulate that feat when they take on rejuvenated Caps United in the CBZ FA Cup final on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium.
Itâ€™s not an easy task for the Lions. They face a Caps side that is eager to live up to its â€œCup Kingsâ€ reputation.
Despite an indifferent run in the league this season, Caps tore the form book to win the inaugural ABC Sup8r Cup, beating Lengthens in the final.
A win for the Harare giants on Sunday will mark their return to competitive continental football as they will earn the ticket to represent the country in the Confederation Cup, Africaâ€™s second-tier club competition. Â
Eastern Lions are in the final after defeating Norman Mapezaâ€™s Monomotapa 2-0 in a replayed semi-final last weekend.
For the easterners, winning the FA Cup might go a long way to endear themselves with Mutare football fans, who prefer newly-promoted Highway as the cityâ€™s flagship club.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Under-17 side play Angola in the second-leg second-round qualifying match of the African Youth Championships at Gwanzura Stadium tomorrow.
Rodwell Dhlakamaâ€™s teenagers defeated the Angolan side 3-2 a fortnight ago in Luanda.
Said the coach: â€œWe had a tough encounter in Angola but we managed to beat them and so we expect victory on Saturday. My boys are ready to battle and we hope that our goal-scorer Charlton Mashumba, who sustained an injury during training, will have recovered in time for the game.â€
A win for the highly-rated Young Warriors will see them participate in the African Youth Championships to be held in Algeria next year.Â Â Â Â
By Kudzayi Tigere