HARARE – How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu believes mental strength from his charges will be crucial when they face Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup final at the weekend.
The gold miners will travel to Harare for the final set for Rufaro Stadium on Saturday with Kaindu identifying the mental aspect of his players as being key if they are to win the knockout tournament in the land.
“We have to work on the mindset of the players,” Kaindu told the Daily News yesterday.
“We are raising the psychological preparedness of our players for these kinds of big events. Mental toughness of the players needs to be strong. We should be ready for anything and it’s something that we are emphasising on to the players.”
Kaindu knows it is not going to be easy against a Harare City side that has been consistent in this competition ever since its return three years ago.
The Sunshine Boys reached the final of the competition in 2014 but lost to FC Platinum in controversial circumstances at Mandava Stadium.
City finally got it right the following year when they beat Dynamos 2-1 in the final at the National Sports Stadium.
Last year, City reached the semi-final but lost to FC Platinum.
“For now our preparations are okay. We are just preparing and this being a cup game it means a lot to the team,” Kaindu said.
“This is the only opportunity that affords us a chance to get something this season. But of course it’s not going to be easy. Chances of us winning are obviously 50-50. We are playing Harare City and it has never been an easy fixture for us.
“They have a coach who has worked here before and we still have some players he has worked with so he might try and use his knowledge to exploit us.”
How Mine are coming into the weekend’s final at the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of CAPS United last week.
Harare City’s spirits are equally down after suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Triangle which left them deep in the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has pegged at $2 the cheapest ticket for Saturday’s final.
Normally, the cheapest ticket for the PSL league matches is pegged at $3 but in a bid to attract a big crowd on Saturday, the organisers have lowered the entry charges.
Entry into the upper grand stand will cost $3 while the lower grand stand tickets will be going for $5.
Unfortunately there are no tickets on sale for the VIP and VVIP seats as they have been reserved for dignitaries to be invited by the league and the sponsors.