Dynamos’ stranglehold on the Mbada Diamonds Cup has come under severe threat, following a general concensus from other contesting clubs to wrestle the country’s richest football competition out of their hands.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The Glamour Boys’ relentless sweep of silverware that includes the league title in recent years appears to have stung Premier Soccer League clubs, especially Mbada Cup quarter finalists.
The Glamour Boys have won back-to-back league and Cup doubles, and are on course for a hat-trick in both fronts this season.
Although they have failed to make a mark on the continent, Dynamos have become more of a bully on the domestic stage, with ruthless swatting aside of any team that dares challenge them.
DeMbare meets How Mine at Rufaro Stadium next Sunday in a quarter-final match.
Being the only club that has ever won the Mbada Cup since its inaugural edition in 2011, Dynamos are seeking a third straight crown of the one million dollar Cup.
The Glamour Boys manager Richard Chihoro is not worried about other clubs’ keenness to snatch Mbada from them.
“We respect other teams as men who also want this trophy but unfortunately for them, it is ours to keep,” said Chihoro.
“Even in boxing we have men who dare challenge someone they know will beat them. This is exactly what all these teams are doing.” DeMbare beat How Mine 3-0 at Rufaro in a league match, before being stunned 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Luveve.
Philani Ncube’s men knack of upsetting giants after also completing a double over Highlanders in the league is something to worry about for Dynamos.
“It is a tough draw, but we are not under any pressure. We will go to Rufaro to showcase ourselves. We have the same chances as Dynamos of winning and we will just play our normal game and try to win,” said Ncube.
CAPS coach Turai Mangwiro sounded desperate to end Dynamos’ Mbada Cup dominance.
“Dynamos might have won this Cup for the past two editions, but this is a different year all together. We will win it,” Mangwiro said.
Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu has also expressed eagerness to take the Cup to Bulawayo.
“Like any other club, we want the Mbada Cup. There is a lot at stake here,” said Kaindu.