ZPC Kariba out to drown Bulawayo City

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ZPC Kariba out to drown Bulawayo City Winston Mhango

The Chronicle

Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
STRIKING a balance between surviving relegation and building players’ confidence by winning the Chibuku Super Cup preliminary match against Bulawayo City, is what ZPC Kariba’s coach Rodwell Dhlakama wants from his charges.

Rodwell Dhlakama

The electricity generators will tomorrow take on Bulawayo City in the first preliminary round match at Mandava Stadium before the clash of uniformed services between army side Cranborne Bullets against the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services-bankrolled Whawha.

The winner of the ZPC Kariba-Bulawayo City encounter will meet Bulawayo Chiefs in the first-round set for August 20-21, with the Cranborne-Whawha victor setting a date with Harare giants Dynamos.

Dhlakama, a losing finalist in the last edition of the Chibuku Super Cup which his then club Ngezi Platinum Stars lost 5-3 on penalties to FC Platinum will give midseason signings Winston Mhango and Wellington Taderera game time.

“We’re presented with a tricky situation considering where the team is sitting on the log.

We’ve to try and strike a balance between saving our PSL status and winning the cup.

Winning the cup is important because we’ve to build players’ confidence and at the same time, there are issues of fatigue from travelling, training load and the game load that affects the players and needs management.

“But what is key for the Bulawayo City match is to give some of the players who just joined us game time.

We’re going to compete and hope for a positive result,” said Dhlakama.

The ZPC Kariba coach is facing City for the third time in the 2021/22 season, having first done so when he led Ngezi to a 5-0 win in the first leg of the Premiership and lost 3-0 to the local authority in Bulawayo upon taking over as the electricity generators’ coach.

Bulawayo City coach Farai Tawachera

City’s coach Farai Tawachera says they are primed up for the encounter.

“It’s a 50/50 game and being a cup game it’s an unpredictable fixture.

However, we are raring to go and want to recover since we’ve not done well in our last two games,” Tawachera said. – @ZililoR

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