ZPC Kariba hope for divine intervention
Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter
GROUP ONE dark horses ZPC Kariba need divine intervention tomorrow as they hope to pip Harare City to the quarter-finals, of the Chibuku Super Cup.
The Kariba side have an interesting date against CAPS United, at the National Sports Stadium, while Harare City face group leaders Dynamos, at Baobab.
Both matches will get underway at 11am.
Harare City, who are second in the race, are favourites to join Dynamos, from this group, as they enjoy a two-point cushion, over the power utility side.
ZPC Kariba rekindled their hopes, with a 1-0 win over Yadah, while the Sunshine Boys slumped to one of their worst defeats, in the competition, following a 0-3 hammering, by Herentals.
“The honest truth is we are not in control of our destiny.
“But, what we are in control of is the ability to win against CAPS United on Sunday.
“So, we just have to win and hope that Harare City falter again. We need divine intervention,” said ZPC Kariba coach, Godfrey Tamirepi.
The side has been shuttling between Harare and Kariba, for the Chibuku Super Cup matches, and Tamirepi is happy they have succeeded, in managing fatigue.
Except for defender, Byron Madzokere, who is sitting on three yellow cards, they have a clean bill of health.
“Every time we play CAPS United, we take it as a grudge match. Remember in 2014, when I was still assistant to Saul Chaminuka, we came close to winning the league title,’’ he said.
“But, CAPS United ruined everything for us, on the last day of the season.
“So, everyone is excited to play them and the boys are raring to go. We meet again, when we have everything to play for.
“It’s only this time round we are not in control of our destiny.
“But, we have been telling the boys that we cannot throw it away against CAPS United again.
“We have to do what is within our powers to win and hope for the results that favour us in the other game.’’
CAPS United crashed out of the tournament last week after a disappointing run of just one win, in nine games.
The Sunshine Boys are on 13 points, and a victory against Dynamos, will secure their place in the quarter-finals.
A draw might not be sufficient because ZPC Kariba will still leapfrog them into second place, on goal difference, if they beat CAPS United by two goals, or more.
But, Lloyd Chitembwe’s men could still qualify, even with a loss, should ZPC Kariba fail to win their final game.
Dynamos are unbeaten in the tournament, after nine games.
Today: Yadah v Herentals (NSS, 11am)
Tomorrow: Harare City v Dynamos (Baobab, 11am), CAPS United v ZPC Kariba (NSS, 11am)