Sup8r back with a bang

HARARE - Highlanders and FC Platinum were last night drawn to play each other in this year’s quarterfinals of the BancABC Sup8r Cup.

The Bosso-Platinum tie is the pick of the quarterfinal matches and it is likely to attract a full house at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo.

The other last eight draw pits reigning league champions Dynamos and Buffaloes at Gibbo Stadium.

Triangle fans will be in for a rare treat as Gibbo will host a double header with Sup8r defending champions Motor Action set to take on Monomotapa on the same day DeMbare and Buffaloes clash.

The other quarterfinal will feature Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.

The draw of this year’s tournament was conducted last night at a colourful launch in the capital where BancABC managing director Hashmond Matemera revealed a US$258 000 total prize fund.

Winners of this year’s tournament will pocket US$120 000 while the losing finalists will go home US$50 000 richer.

The losing semifinalists are guaranteed US$20 000 with those knocked out in the quarterfinals set to pocket US$12 000.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL), which administers the competition, revealed that the quarterfinals of the tournament are expected to commence from June 28th to June 30th.

The semifinals had initially been set for July 13 and 14 but were moved to a later date as it will clash with the Cosafa Cup which will be staged in Zambia during the same time.

The final will be played on August 17 at a venue to be announced. All the matches will also be beamed live on SuperSport.

“The main objective of BancABC Sup8r Cup is to make our soccer competitive at the same time bringing excitement to the game,” Matemera said.

“We have also used the tournament to spread the game of football to all parts of the country. The tournament is back this year and it’s going to be more exciting.

“The tournament was not hosted last year because we had a congested season. But we have undertook to pay all the qualified teams a sum of US$15 000,” added Matemera.

Matemera also revealed that they have lured partners who will help them bankroll this year’s tournament.

The partners who have come on board are transport companies Led Travel and Tours and Rockshed.

Clothing company Topics, Sakunda and Arenel complete the list.

Speaking at the same function PSL CEO Kenny Ndebele indicated that they will not price out the supporters who are the custodians of the game.

The PSL will announce reasonable gate-charges in due course.

Sup8r draw

June 28: Chicken Inn v Shabanie Mine (Mandava) 

June 29: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Mucheke)

June 30: Dynamos v Buffaloes, Monomotapa v Motor Action (Gibbo) - Godknows Matarutse

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