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Hwange eye Mbada Diamonds Cup spot


HWANGE head coach Nation Dube is bubbling with confidence ahead of the last six remaining league matches starting with relegation-threatened How Mine at the Colliery on Sunday.


He said playing in this year’s four-team Mbada Diamonds Cup will be a bonus.

Chipangano have competed well this season, on position five in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standings with 38 points, eight behind leaders Dynamos.

The coal miners, who have played in the relegation periphery in the last few seasons, have won 10 games, drew eight and lost six in this year’s campaign.

“We have six games remaining and what we want to do is end the season in a respectable position.

“All these years we have been relegation candidates. What we want to do this year is better our position on the log table. We want to better our performance than last year.

“Playing in the Mbada Diamonds Cup will be a bonus, but what we want to focus on is the league. We want to play all our games to win and morale is high in camp,” Dube said.

He has been appointed assistant to ZPC Kariba’s Saul Chaminuka for the Under-23 Young Warriors and took the boys to Botswana for a friendly match where they lost 0-1 as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

This year’s Mbada Diamonds Cup will be different from the previous editions which have been 16-team competitions and will only feature the four top teams at the end of the season, with the winners taking home $50 000, runners-up $30 000, the two losing semi-finalists $15 000 apiece while the 12 teams not taking part will be compensated $10 000 each.

Highlanders are the holders after beating How Mine 3-0 in the final at Barbourfields Stadium last year.

Dube said he was hoping that Isaac Masame and Rodwell Chinyengetere who have not been training due to injuries, recover in time for the last six matches.

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