IT’S not in regards to the prize cash, however delight because the nation’s fiercest soccer rivals Dynamos and Highlanders face-off within the Presidential Independence Day Trophy ultimate at Barbourfields this afternoon.
The a lot anticipated recreation will kick-off at 2pm and can be witnessed by President Mnangagwa, who can be a part of the capability crowd on the first important Independence Day celebrations to be held in Bulawayo since 1980.
Winners will of immediately’s match will pocket $6 million and losers $4.5 million.
However, each Highlanders and Dynamos captains Ariel Sibanda and Patson Jaure say immediately’s conflict is just not in regards to the cash, however delight.
“Just that we are playing the Presidential Independence Day Trophy final that will be graced by the President here at Barbourfields is a historic feat that we’re honoured to be part of. This is the first time that the main national celebrations are being held in Bulawayo and it will be great for us to remember this historic event by winning the cup at our favourite hunting ground. Restoring our pride will cap a fine afternoon for us,” stated Sibanda.
Dynamos are the defending champions, having overwhelmed Bosso 2-0 in final yr’s ultimate on the National Sports Stadium.
Jaure shared Sibanda’s sentiments, including that they wish to return with the trophy to the capital.
“Games against Highlanders are always self-motivating, but this one is unique because we are celebrating our Independence Day. To be able to showcase our talent freely like we’re doing, we owe it to the gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who sacrificed their lives in the liberation struggle. So, besides the rivalry history we share with Highlanders, what we want is to emerge victorious and retain our pride. We want to give a display that football fans will be proud of,” stated Jaure.
The final time the 2 giants met in a significant cup ultimate at Barbourfields was within the 2007 CBZ FA Cup the place Dynamos emerged 2-1 victorious.
DeMbare received their objectives from Sebastian Mutizirwa and membership legend Murape Murape, whereas the late Highlanders midfield basic Richard Choruma received the face-saver for the Bulawayo giants.
Both groups have promised to subject sturdy line-ups, with Sibanda main a Bosso staff that has skilled defender Peter Muduhwa, Andrew Mbeba, Nqobizitha Masuku, who has simply returned from harm, Adrian Silla, veteran Rahman Kutsanzira, box-to-box midfielder Divine Mhindirira and striker Stanley Ngala.
On the opposite hand, Jaure will marshal his staff’s defence that has Makokoba-bred left-back Brendon Mpofu and utility participant Godknows Murwira, giving keeper Taimon Mvula safety.
Shadreck Nyahwa, whose Nguboyenja house is a kilometre away from Barbourfields, Emmanuel Paga, youthful winger Bill Antonio and veteran midfielder Ralph Kawondera are among the many Dynamos’ gamers that may carry the day for the Harare giants.
Meanwhile, each Highlanders and Dynamos launched into a roadshow round Bulawayo yesterday, with gamers from either side assembly followers alongside the best way.
The two units of gamers additionally sang and danced collectively in a symbolic present of the unifying issue of sport.
The roadshow began in Nkulumane and handed by way of Emganwini, Nketa, Tshabalala, Pelandaba, Magwegwe, Luveve, Cowdray Park, Emakhandeni, Entumbane, Mzilikazi and Thorngrove earlier than heading to town centre the place there was a quick stopover on the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo statue.