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DYNAMOS skipper Murape Murape the Glamour Boys are taught, from an early stage of their career at the club, that beating CAPS United is part of the key requirements of their job description.The two giants meet in the semi-final of the Zimbabwe National Army’s Charities Soccer Shield semi-final at the National Sports Stadium.

The other semi-final between Highlanders and FC Platinum is at Barbourfields, on the same day, while the final has been set for National Sports Stadium at a date to be aised.

Dynamos has been drafted into the tournament this year as the organisers have gone for a bigger and more glamourous tourney as they seek to raise funds for the army charities.

CAPS United last year had a feel of the tourney when they took on Black Rhinos in the final and took the trophy home.

Speaking shortly before DeMbare’s afternoon training session, Murape was confident the Glamour Boys will maintain their stranglehold on their neighbours.

“We are happy to be featuring in the Cup, which is for a good cause,” said Murape, who is his club’s longest-serving active player and one of its most loyal sons.

“Whenever we are meeting CAPS United, whether it is a friendly match or whatever competition, we always make sure we have to win.

“We will never get tired of beating CAPS United even if it is for the 200th time.”

Murape said despite the fact that they haven’t been on a fine run in the Premiership, of late, failing to win in the last three encounters, they were relishing for the derby contest saying they need such a game to rediscover their touch.

“Things haven’t been going on well in the league for us but we will build on the draw we had in Shabanie and hope this weekend we will get it right,” said Murape.

“We are not bothered by our form going into this derby match as these matches have their pressures and form doesn’t necessarily count.

“This game is also a platform to boost our confidence. It would be motivating if we win against CAPS United and may help us in the coming league matches.

“We have a g team but other teams are always raising their game whenever we meet them. But we are not worried and we have to remain focused.”

The two Harare giants would be meeting for the first time this season and, interestingly, both teams are yet to touch the levels that their fans expect from them in the league.

On Tuesday the Green Machine camp also declared that the days of walking in the shadows of Dynamos should end this weekend.

CAPS United goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube told The Herald that they now want to end the dominance.

Both teams will miss some of their key players a development which Murape feels gives the coaches a chance to try other players. The Glamour Boys would also be missing their head coach Callisto Pasuwa who would be travelling to Tanzania with the national team.

His assistants Tichaona Diya and Philemon Mutyakureva will guide the team.

“We have a big squad and this game, with other players away with the national team, would be an opportunity for others to get a chance,” said Murape.

“We will give CAPS United a good run and it is time other players fight for a jersey and this increases competition in the team.”

The organisers of the tournament could not shed more light on the prize money which has been tabled by an unnamed sponsor but confirmed that the teams would also be getting appearance fees for participating.

The gate charges for the matches have been pegged at US$2 for the cheapest ticket, in a bid to bring more fans to the stadium, while the VIP section would be going for US$10. Musician Jah Prayzah will provide entertainment at the National Sports Stadium while Jeys Marabini is expected to entertain fans at Barbourfields.

Source : The Herald

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