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Harare City Set to Clash With Zambian Side Zanaco

  • Michael Kariati

Harare City Football Club will not be short of support when they trot onto Rufaro Stadium Saturday for their Caf Confederation Cup assignment against Zanaco of Zambia.

The Harare City club has a small support base but are guaranteed of a full house as fans from all the other clubs all over the country have pledged to be at Rufaro Stadium to cheer them all the way to victory.

Harare City are Zimbabwe’s only remaining representatives in Pan African football following the elimination of Chicken Inn. Dynamos fan George Musariri says all football fans should be at the stadium to help keep the Zimbabwean fire burning.

“I am encouraging people to come in their numbers so that we support our national representatives,” said Musariri.

Although his club is playing in Bulawayo the next day, Musariri has committed himself to the Zimbabwean cause adding that he will attend the Harare City game before travelling to Bulawayo to watch his team play.

A member of the Caps United Supporters national executive Moses Magawa says everyone including those who support lower division football should be at Rufaro Stadium come the start of the match.

“Let us come in our number so that we support Harare City and help them win,” said Magawa.

Harare City need a healthy lead ahead of the return leg in Zambia in two weeks’ time and coach Taurayi Mangwiro says they are ready for what Zanaco is going to throw at them.

Mangwiro adds that he would be very happy in addition to scoring goals that they do not concede any goals themselves.

“I would like to go into the second leg with a healthy lead. But I would be more than delighted if we go there with a clean sheet,” said Magwiro.

After the Harare City game, Dynamos and Highlanders fans will on their way to Bulawayo where Bosso are seeking to continue their newly found dominance over the glamour Boys in the Bob 92 Super Cup.

The competition is to celebrate the birthday of President Robert Mugabe. Both teams have foreign coaches with Dynamos featuring Jorge Silva of Portugal while Highlanders are under the guidance of Erol Agbay of the Netherlands.

Last season, Highlanders ended a six year wait to beat Dynamos in both the Zimbabwe National Army Charities Shield and the Easycall Cup and the club’s newly elected vice chairman Modern Ngwenya believes with the coach they have they will win the Cup.

“There is a lot of excitement because we have a foreign coach. We don’t have a coach from Africa. Our seriousness this season will first come in the fact that we want to win this cup,” said Ngwenya.

However, neutral Kingsley Makoni who supports Caps United said this will be an entertaining game as the new foreign coaches battle for acceptance. Makoni, however, believed in the end Dynamos will prevail because they have prepared fully for the game.

“Dynamos have prepared full for this game. They also have a good coach who knows his football,” concluded Makoni.

Makoni said controversial Dynamos striker Roderick Mutuma will score to make the difference in what should be a highly entertaining encounter.

Meanwhile, it is do or die for the Zimbabwe national cricket team when they enter the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium for their Twenty 20 World Cup Super 10 decider against Afghanistan.

Both teams have won two games each and the winner will join Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, and the West Indies in the Group stage of the contest.

Before their departure for the finals in India, the Chevrons said their aim was to reach the Super 10 stage.

Saturday is the day when they will know whether their dream come true.

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