Dynamos, Caps clash in challenge cup


CHAMPIONS Dynamos FC are set to resume their rivalry with Caps United FC when they clash in the Chinese Federation Challenge Cup at Rufaro Stadium at the end of this month.

SportS Correspondent

The match, which has been scheduled for February 22, has been organised to commemorate 35 years of cordial China-Zimbabwe relations.

Caps United public relations manager Joyce Kapota said there would be $15 000 at stake for the winners with the runners-up set to pocket $10 000.

“The match which will feature Dynamos and Caps United has been scheduled for Rufaro Stadium on February 22,” she said.

“It has been organised to celebrate 35 years of cordial relations between Chinese and Zimbabwean communities.

“Winners of the challenge match will walk away with $15 000 while runners-up will get $10 000.”

Both teams will use the challenge match as a dress rehearsal for the forthcoming season.

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) has said league action will resume early next month.

Caps United, who finished in third position in the league campaign last season, will be seeking to go higher than that in this campaign after hiring British coach Mark Harrison as their new mentor, following the departure of Taurai Mangwiro to Harare City.

United’s pre-season training has been under the supervision of assistant coaches Brenna Msiska and Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi, as Harrison is still in South Africa awaiting the processing of his work permit while arranging his relocation to Harare.

Trials have been marked by a high turnout as players jostle to make the cut after the club lost several players to other teams.

The defending champions have a new coach — David “Yogi” Mandigora  — after Kalisto Pasuwa, a record winner of four successive championships, decided to discontinue.

Mandigora will have a chance to gauge the strength of his side before he plunges into the real battle when league action resumes.

The gaffer, who led the champions to the semi-finals of the premier African Champions League in 2008, faces a challenge in defending the championship which Dynamos supporters now consider as routine.