Golden Eagles coach Gilbert Mushangazhike will be hoping to have the Axis Super 8 Cup as a consolation for missing out on the league title when his side clash against Northern Region Soccer League champions Simba Bhora in the final at Rufaro stadium on Saturday.
Flamboyant Golden Eagles were billed as favourites for the title and for the better part of the season they went toe to toe with their rivals for the title but surrendered the race in August after drawing to Simba Bhora and lost to Herentals U20 in week that saw them fall by the wayside.
But Mushangazhike will have chance to atone for all this on Saturday and have a measure of revenge against Simba Bhora who won the league title.
“This is a stage where we should not be easily intimidated because this is a cup final and we have a chance to win it just like them Simba Bhora,” Mushangazhike said.
“All our focus is now on the Axis Super 8 Cup after failing to win the league title. I have confidence in my players and I salute them for their efforts despite failing to win the league title. This should be our consolation and also we need to win silverware for our fans who have been with us all season whether home or away. We also need to repay the faith of our sponsors who have stood behind us all season.”
The last time the two teams met, the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate in an oversubscribed attendance at Ellis Robbins stadium.
Despite losing out on the championship title, Golden Eagles have some of the most exciting talents in the league with captain Henry Manatsa and Trevor ‘Tutu’ Bhunu who were outstanding all season expected to play a big role in the final on Saturday.
Simba Bhora coach Arthur Tutani is however not looking at ceding anything to Golden Eagles.
“We want to go for the double. We want to show people that we are the true champions. So we want to win the Axis Super 8 Cup just like the way we won the league title,” Tutani said.
“We have stars who are raring to go and are eager to win this Axis Super 8 Cup. We urge fans in and around Harare to come and witness the best of what Northern Region Soccer League has on offer. I can assure everyone who is going to come that they are going to really enjoy the match. Golden Eagles are a very good side who likes to knock the ball around but we have done our homework about them and it’s going to be explosive.”
The Axis Super 8 Cup Final is going to be spiced up by a musical show with Sulumani Chimbetu, Baba Harare and DJ Fantan performing.
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