Chibuku Cup roars into life

THE Chibuku Super Cup kicks off this afternoon with defending champions Harare City hosting Border Strikers at Rufaro Stadium hoping to salvage a difficult season with at least some silverware.

The Sunshine Boys have had a difficult season which saw them replace Taurai Mangwiro with Moses Chunga following a string of poor results.

Chunga has also failed to enjoy instant success and his best, and perhaps only chance of silverware will come when they take on relegation threatened Border Strikers in the first round of the most prestigious tournament in the country.

Chunga’s charges have endured a difficult campaign and a massive 15-point gap stands between them and league leaders FC Platinum. With seven matches left to play, it looks virtually impossible for Moses Chunga’s charges to mount a title challenge.

Chunga admitted the Chibuku Super Cup represents their only hope of not finishing the season empty-handed.
“That’s the great thing about football,” Chunga said.

“You can have a bad spell, but there will always be another game around the corner. We still have this competition to play for and, hopefully, we can retain our cup. That would also be great for our confidence going into next season.

“So as the defending champions of this tournament, we want to do well and probably retain our cup.”
Chunga, however, reckons that Border Strikers will not make it easy for his team.

“Considering that Border Strikers are technically relegated, it’s one game which is going to be very difficult,” Chunga said.

“For us we are treating this game as a final. They remain very dangerous and they will not make it easy for us. But we need to stay focused and ensure we progress to the next round.”

Harare City are the defending champions of the Chibuku Super Cup after beating Dynamos 2-1 in the last finals at the National Sports Stadium. The Sunshine Boys went on to represent the country in the Africa Confederation Cup where they were knocked out in the first round by Zambian side Zanaco.

In addition for a ticket to represent the country in the Confederation Cup, Harare City pocketed $75 000 winners’ cheque while Dynamos went home $50 000 richer.

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