HARARE – Harare City coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube has no interest in participating in mind games ahead of the Chibuku Super Cup final against How Mine.
Saturday’s final will be the second time inside four years that Ncube and How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu clash in the country’s biggest knockout tournament.
The first time the two coaches collided in a major cup final was in the 2013 Mbada Diamonds Cup final when Kaindu was still at Highlanders while Ncube was at How Mine.
Kaindu emerged victorious after leading Bosso to a thumping 3-0 win at Barbourfields Stadium.
The two coaches are once again set for an intriguing clash in this year’s Chibuku Super Cup final after leading their teams into the final set for Rufaro Stadium in the capital.
Ncube is now head coach at the Sunshine Boys while Kaindu is coaching How Mine.
The match has already generated a lot of interest with the two coaches not holding back at each other.
Ncube was the first to throw the first punch after beating Black Rhinos in the quarter-finals when he declared that he would never lose to How Mine, insisting he would love to meet them in the final.
Kaindu, however, used his team’s triumph in the semi-finals against Shabanie Mine to respond to Ncube by implying that City’s run in the competition was due to their coach’s juju.
“We will be playing a game against an opponent who wants to play us and we thank God that it has happened. We are playing a team that plays the game before they actually play it,” he noted.
“There is a lot that is involved. There will be battle on the field and battle outside. I think God will be on our side. We know we are playing a team that believes in other things, that is their strength.
“For us, we worship God and trust in the Almighty. This is a battle that has already started and there will be so many issues that will come out, football being played even at night even before the game.”
And as the countdown for the big match on Saturday continues, Ncube did not want to be drawn into a war of words with Kaindu.
“One thing for sure is that we are not going to play How Mine as a grudge game but we are rather going to treat them as our opponents,” Ncube told the Daily News.
“To us this game is a Cup final and whatever he (Kaindu) said and whether it’s true or not was unfortunate.
“I have nothing against Kaindu, he is Zambian, I’m Zimbabwean, we are brothers so on the field of play we are colleagues.”
Ncube, however, is confident his team would be crowned champions come Saturday.
“One thing for sure is that I have to believe and I can only stop believing after 90 minutes if I have lost. At the present moment both teams are only 90 minutes away from victory but we are preparing to win,” Ncube said.
“This is a final and it’s a motivating factor on its own. I don’t think the boys need to be reminded of what is at stake here. Considering that winning this trophy carries the ticket to represent the country in Africa, it also motivates players.”
Although he spent a number of years at Chikurupati, Ncube believes his inside knowledge of the club will have little effect on the outcome of Saturday’s final.
“When I was at How Mine, I lost to Kaindu in the final but we went on to represent the country by default after Highlanders were banned.
“We would want to be legitimate representatives this time around. There has been a lot of changes at How Mine since I left.
“They brought in Luke Masomere, now there is Kaindu so it’s going to be difficult. I’m not here to prove any critics wrong but I am here to make sure that Harare City triumph in the final.”
The Sunshine Boys have always done well in the Chibuku Super Cup since the competition’s return in 2014.
In the first edition, City reached the final but lost in controversial circumstances to FC Platinum on penalties at Mandava Stadium.
The following year, the Sunshine Boys went all the way and beat Dynamos 2-1 in the final at the National Sports Stadium.
Last year, the council-owned side reached the last four stage but lost 3-0 to FC Platinum at Mandava.
By reaching the final of the same competition this year, it means City have achieved that feat three times in the last four years.