FC PLATINUM and Shabanie Mine coaches say their qualification for the final of this year’s BancABC Sup8r Cup is a reflection of change in the football landscape in the country.
The Zvishavane sides cruised through to this year’s final to be played on September 21 following FC Platinum’s 3-1 victory over Monomotapa on Saturday before Shabanie Mine stunned favourites Dynamos 4-3 on penalties on Sunday.
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere said: “The fact that we are in the final is really interesting in the sense that it will be the first time in the history of Zimbabwe football that teams from a small community like Zvishavane will clash in a major cup final.
“This shows that the standards of our football in the country are improving because we are going to have Zvishavane teams engaging in the final when the norm has been that Harare and Bulawayo teams clash in finals. We are going to prepare, very well for the final. It is also going to be very explosive. FC Platinum are going to prepare, but we want to prepare ourselves even better,” he said.
FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa has been declaring they were ready for the final battle too.
“Before the Monomotapa encounter I had already said we were ready for whichever team was going to be victorious. It is good that the final is going to be a derby,” Mutasa said.