HARARE – How Mine head coach Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of Saturday’s Mbada Diamonds Cup final against Highlanders as the golf miners eye what would be a remarkable silverware in only their first season of top-flight league.
The Matabeleland newcomers completed a double over their more illustrious neighbours in the just-ended Castle Premiership season, but Ncube chose to be noncommittal when asked about his team’s chances at the weekend.
“Our preparations are at an advanced stage and we are preparing positively. So far we have no injuries and the moral is high in the camp,” Ncube told the Daily News yesterday.
“We will only talk about the outcome of the game after 90 minutes but our main objective is to come out with positive results.”
How Mine earned the giant killers tag this season after accounting for the scalps of Dynamos and Highlanders in the league.
This reputation was further cemented when on their way to the Mbada Diamonds Cup final, they eliminated Harare Dynamos and CAPS United.
It will be interesting therefore to see how they will fare against Highlanders at the weekend considering that Bosso also falls under the same bracket as Dynamos and Caps United in being classified as the giants of local football.
Meanwhile, Ncube’s Highlanders counterpart Kelvin Kaindu expressed confidence that his team will get their hands on the Mbada trophy.
“Before our last game we were the only team that had the chance to win a league and cup double and while we failed to win the league championship, we still have an opportunity to at least get some silverware,” Kaindu said.
“If you look at the history of the club it has gone through a difficult spell in recent years and a big team like Highlanders needs to be winning something every year and now that we have lost out on the league we have to win the Mbada Cup, which also happens to be bigger than the league in terms of financial rewards.”
And while How Mine has a clean bill of health, Highlanders have the trio of Dumisani Ndlovu, Mthulisi Maphosa and Njabulo Ncube who are carrying injuries, but Kaindu was hopeful that they would have recovered by Saturday.
Ncube has been the leading light in Bosso’s attack in the second half of the season and his battle with How Mine’s veteran defenders Gilbert Banda and Herbert Dick will be interesting.