A mouth-watering encounter is on offer when Premier Soccer League’s most nomadic and outspoken gaffers Luke Masomere and Gishon Ntini lead their respective teams Buffaloes and Chiredzi FC the Chibuku Super Cup first round clash at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.
Both coaches are known for their humour and sometimes controversy, but ahead of this clash, they have commendably remained calm.
It’s Ntini who will head into the clash as favourite after leading his team to a 2-1 win over his Sunday opponent on his first match in charge of the team.
Buffaloes had won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Sakubva, although Ntini would argue that he had not arrived on the scene.
Ntini said cup matches had never been easy to predict adding that they were going to throw everything they had at their opponents.
“We beat them at Chishamiso and they beat us at Sakubva. But this time around it is a cup match and cup games are a different ball clash together.
“We are just hoping we are going to be treated well at Sakubva,” he said.
“Anyway my team is raring to go despite what has been happening. l feel that I have not been treated fairly in recent weeks. Anyway l’m telling my players not to focus on that, but they should look forward to win the match,” he said.
Masomere believed playing at home might be an added advantage, but believed players should master handling pressure.
“I am in Harare for a coaching course.
“But what l would like to tell you is that playing at home might be an advantage, but there is also pressure to deal with playing at home.
“Naturally cup games are always tricky and we need to be at our best, but generally we are hopeful of going through,” he said.