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CAPS United defender Ronald Pfumbidzai says he was thrilled by Sunday’s success in the pre-season Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Cup as it was his first win over Dynamos since he joined Makepekepe.

Makepekepe posted a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time, with DeMbare’s Milton Makopa missing from the spot in the tie-break.

Although it was a pre-season match, the win was important to the Green Machine family as it was received as a morale-booster ahead of the new season.

Pfumbidzai joined the Green Machine in 2013, but missed last year’s 1-0 win over Dynamos in the ZNA Charity Shield semi-final at the National Sports Stadium.

“Every game between CAPS and Dynamos is a big game, whether it’s in the league, Cup or in friendly matches,” said Pfumbidzai.

“I am happy this is my first win over Dynamos. It has been long and, hopefully, this is a sign of better things to come.

“It’s good for our confidence. The coach has only been here for one week and we are getting along well as a team.

“I am sure with this win Dynamos will be the ones under pressure when we play them again during the season.”

Makepekepe are rebuilding under a new technical team that is led by Mark Harrison who is assisted by Mark Mathe, Fungai Kwashi and Brenna Msiska.

Their rivals also have a new outlook with the coming back of David Mandigora, Tonderai Ndiraya and Gift Muzadzi to replace Callisto Pasuwa and his staff in the coaching department.

Dynamos skipper Augustine Mbara said the Glamour Boys will not allow Sunday’s defeat to derail their preparations.

“It’s a game of football, we lost because we didn’t convert our chances. I am sure we will learn from our mistakes going forward.

“But to tell the truth it feels so bad because this was my first defeat to CAPS United. Hopefully, when the season starts we will be able to get our revenge,” said Mbara.

Organisers of the pre-season tournament have plans to come back next year with a bigger and more inclusive tournament following the success of the weekend final.

The match was arranged by the Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe with Sino-Zimbabwe Cement, Horizon Ivato Supermarket and ZLG, headlining an array of sponsors.

The clash, which was the first to be played in front of paying fans this season, attracted a huge crowd in the regions of 30 000.

The Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe public relations consultant, Rumbidzai Matinanga, said following the success of the Sino-Zim Cement Cup, the sponsors were keen to engage the Premier Soccer League for another event next year.

“It’s not yet formalised that this Cup is going to be an annual thing. Before that decision can be made, there are going to be a series of meetings with the organisers and the Premier Soccer League.

“This was the first time to have a tournament of this kind. It was an eye-opener and I must say the sponsors were happy with the responses they got for this match.

“It was a good show both on the field of play and in the terms of the attendance. The sponsors have shown a willingness to support football. What we need is to be a bit more organised next time and see if more teams can take part to make it more exciting.

“So the organisers will engage PSL to discuss how best they can support football to benefit not only a few selected sides. “We need to get proper structures so that all teams have an equal opportunity of playing in this tournament,” said Matinanga.

Source : The Herald

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