Ndiraya warns charges

GEZI Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya has warned his charges against underrating struggling Tsholotsho when the two teams clash in the Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinals tomorrow at Baobab Stadium.

The platinum miners are hoping to write their own piece of history by going all the way and win the country’s most prestigious Cup competition.

Ndiraya’s charges progressed to the quarterfinals, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Hwange in the first round.
Ngezi and Tsholotsho were drawn to face each other at a draw conducted in Gweru earlier this week. And after being one of the first teams to get out of the hat, Ngezi Platinum will again be at home tomorrow. 
With expectations high that Ngezi Platinum Stars could be on course for a routine win against a side trapped in the murky waters of relegation — Ndiraya is, however, not taking their opponents lightly.

“On paper, it might appear like an easy draw for us but the reality is that it’s a tough one,” Ndiraya told the Weekend Post.

“The thing is that all the eight teams did not reach the quarterfinal stage by accident.
“They fought hard to be in the last eight. Tsholotsho are a very good side because they knocked out the second best team in the league — CAPS United.

“They will obviously derive a lot of confidence from that and the fact that they will be playing a team in its first year in the premiership is also likely to act as a motivation for them.

“We are definitely not taking them lightly at all. I believe it will be an interesting match between the two teams.”

Despite predicting a difficult game against Tsholotsho, Ndiraya is not writing his charges off.
“We are very much prepared to work hard and qualify into the next stage of the competition,” Ndiraya added.

“Every team play for the big prize and as Ngezi Platinum are not different. However, to get to the top we need to work hard. For now, our focus is on Saturday’s match against Tsholotsho.

“We need to go past them to increase our chances of winning the big prize.”

Elsewhere, Harare City travel to Nyamhunga Stadium for a date with ZPC Kariba. The Sunshine Boys are the defending champions of the Chibuku Super Cup after beating Dynamos 2-1 in last finals at the National Sports Stadium.

The Sunshine Boys went on to represent the country in the Caf Confederations Cup where they were knocked out in the first round by Zambian side Zanaco. City will be hoping to maintain their good record against Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges.

Sunday will see Bulawayo giants, Highlanders, who are also still in the tile race face How Mine in a local derby with log leaders FC Platinum travelling to Gibbo to face Triangle to complete the quarterfinal fixtures line-up.

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