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FC PLATINUM have said the decision not to hold the 2014 Mbada Diamonds Cup this year will give them enough time to prepare for their Confederation Cup aenture next season.

The Zvishavane side will be the only Zimbabwean club flying the national flag in the CAF inter-club competitions.

CAPS United, who were hoping to end the season on a high after the drama of beating ZPC Kariba and denying them the chance to be crowned champions in their last league match of the season, said while there was disappointment among their players, they will respect the decision of the league.

League champions Dynamos said they had planned to win the tournament, and give their outgoing coach Callisto Pasuwa a rousing send-off.

The decision by the league not to stage the tourney had wrecked their end-of-season plans.

ZPC Kariba said the decision not to hold the tournament had robbed them of a golden chance to crown a memorable year with silverware in their cabinet.

Chibuku Super Cup winners, FC Platinum, said the decision by the league’s leadership will give their players enough time to rest while also giving the club time to prepare for their CAF Confederation Cup aenture.

“We feel the players need to rest and recover from their injuries,” FC Platinum spokesperson, Chido Chizondo, told The Herald.

“If we had played in the Mbada Cup, maybe some of our best players would have been injured and they wouldn’t have enough time to recover ahead of our participation in the CAF Confederation Cup.

“It has come as a relief because it means our boys will be taking a longer break, they have more time to rest and we will see next year when it comes.

“At the moment we are regrouping and also looking at the contracts of our players because some of them have expired.

“I believe that by next week Tuesday we will be able to know who is in our team and all the registered players for the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup campaign.”

CAPS United coach, Taurai Mangwiro, said although they were disappointed that they won’t have a crack at winning the tournament this season, they have to respect the decision made by the league’s leadership.

“We are obviously disappointed we are not going to be taking part in that tournament this year. We were looking forward to it hoping that we would end our barren season in style but now it has been deferred,” said Mangwiro.

“We have to respect the decision made.

“Our job is to play football, we rely on the information we get from the organisers, we rely on the fixtures we have to fulfil so we don’t want to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, rather we concentrate on our jobs and respect the decision that has been made.

“We have to sit down as a team, it has been a very long year for us, so we need to sit down, have a check of our season, what we did right, where we went wrong and map the way forward.”

Dynamos chairman, Kenny Mubaiwa, said the move came as a surprise to the club.

“To us it’s a setback because we have been waiting for the tournament and we have been preparing for it. Surprisingly, we were told that the tournament has been moved to 2015.

“To us it doesn’t make sense because 2014 is another season and 2015 is another season.

“We are not happy about it. If they wanted to change the format that the tournament was to be played as the opener to the season, it should have started next year, but this year we had to fulfil the tournament.

“If you look at the competition that was there this year, everyone was fighting to compete in the tournament,” said Mubaiwa.

Mubaiwa said they had included the tournament in their plans since it had become an annual competition.

“Every season it’s a tradition we finish with the Mbada Diamonds Cup. We had budgeted for it.

“We had plans for that game, our players were eager to play. Some will be leaving the club, our coach is leaving the club and would have loved to participate in the tournament.

“There is nothing we can do. As it is, now it’s the end of the season, so we have to sit down and see when we can break and let our players go for the holidays.

“So far we haven’t met the players to tell them that the Mbada tournament is off. We are going to meet sometime this week but everyone is disappointed because we didn’t get into the Champions League and now the Mbada Diamonds tournament is no longer there. Its income we have lost and everybody is going to mourn about it.”

ZPC Kariba team manager, Patson Ndabambi, said the postponement of the tournament had affected their plans as a club.

“It’s very disturbing in terms of our plans because we had prepared well.

“We had extended our season to accommodate the Mbada Cup, now they have short-changed us,” said Ndabambi.

“We had budgeted for it but all of a sudden they say it will be played next year and it will be different because there will be player movements.

“Teams are going to upload and off-load, some of the coaches are going to move and a person who never worked for it will benefit.”

Source : The Herald