Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter
Chegutu Pirates coach Richard Chunga is bullish ahead of the Axis Super8 Cup quarter final clash with Simba Bhora at Wadzanai stadium on Saturday.
Chunga has been very modest, declaring his intentions to bring the trophy to Chegutu as an appreciation to the community that is so much in love with their team which is one of the most supported not only in the league but in the whole country.
“The Chegutu community has been yearning for something to savour for years. This is a big team, with a huge following, so we need to atone for all our past failures by winning the Axis Super8 Cup,” Chunga said.
“We know it’s not going to be easy because Simba Bhora will be at home but our resolve is to win this Cup so we are going there fully geared for a tough challenge.
“We have experienced players in our team who are not going to be intimidated by the atmosphere at Wadzanai stadium.
“After all playing against Simba Bhora is self motivating for the players as they know what to expect. Chegutu Pirates is a big brand and it must starting living up to that billing by winning silverware.”
Chegutu Pirates who became the first team to beat then log leaders Herentals U20 in the league after a run of 11 matches unbeaten, will be hoping to be the first team to hand Simba Bhora their first defeat at Wadzanai stadium which they have fortified in the league winning all their matches with wide margins.
Pirates will as usual be banking on the experience of veterans Raphael Manuvire, Simba Domingo, Gift Mwinga, Lewis Milanzi, Eddington Phiri and Mutomba.
Simba Bhora coach Arthur ‘Tuts’ Tutani said he would want to enhance his CV with another silverware after guiding teams into the Premier Soccer League in the past from the Northern Region Soccer League.
“I’m looking forward to this game, everyone wants to keep his CV great. I want to win this Cup. Everyone wants to win and keep silverware, definitely I want to win this silverware.
“We are going to display good entertaining football, so fans are in for a treat. May the best team on the day wins,” Tutani said.
Simba Bhora have been formidable at home with gunslinger Tinashe Balakasi leading the scoring charts with 18 goals from 16 matches expected to once again lead the team’s quest for the Axis Super8 Cup.
Tutani’s side are never short of experience and options with former Dynamos midfielder Barnabas Mushunje hitting the ground running after joining the club at the beginning of the year scoring five goals, while Webster Tafa another new acquisition showed his worthy with good performances after moving in from CAPS United.
Veterans such as Nicholas Alifandika, Brighton Tuwaya, Reuben Machaya, Stephen Matsangaise and Hardlife Zvirekwi have made Tutani’s work lighter with their experience.
The Simba Bhora camp was fortified last week with the appointment of seasoned coach Paul ‘Popopo’ Chimalizeni as one of the assistant coaches to Tutani.
On Sunday, Herentals U20 take on Black Mambas in the second quarter final at Morris Sports Club while Golden Eagles and Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 clash at Baobab stadium a week later on 23 April in the third quarter final match.
Commando Bullets and Trojan Stars will wind up the round of eight matches on 24 April at Trojan Mine stadium.
There promises to be stiff competition for the individual prizes with the Player of the Tournament walking away with US$500, Coach of the Tournament getting US$400, while Goalkeeper of the Tournament will pocket US$300. The Golden Boot winner will get US$300.
Lucky fans will get prizes which includes, free health check ups.
Axis Super8 Cup Quarter Final Fixtures
Simba Bhora v Chegutu Pirates (16 April 2022)
Herentals v Black Mambas (17 April 2022)
Golden Eagles v Ngezi U19 (23 April 2022)
Commando Bullets v Trojan Stars (24 April 2022)