Mbada Diamonds Cup launched

HARARE - The 2013 edition of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, with an increased purse, was launched in Harare on Friday.

The competition, which is in its third year running, maintained its position as the richest knock-out tournament in the country with a staggering $130 000 cheque for the winner.

The BancABC Sup8r Cup, whose winner will get $120 000 on the tournament’s return to the local football calendar this year, had briefly taken over before Mbada reclaimed its position yesterday.

This year’s Mbada prize money is $30 000 than Dynamos won last year after they defeated Monomotapa 2-0 in the final at Rufaro Stadium.

Mbada Diamond’s corporate services executive George Manyaya unveiled the package at a glittering function.

“For teams knocked out in the first round the club participation fee will be $15 00. Teams knocked out in the quarter-final stage shall each receive a participation fee of $30 00,” Manyaya told invited guests.

“Teams knocked out in the semi-final stage shall each receive $45 000. To further enhance the competition the runners-up shall receive$90 000.”

Mbada Diamonds will provide each participating team with 30 tracksuits, 30 warm-up t-shirts and sets of playing kit.

There would also be individual prizes for the man-of-the-match ($500), fastest goal of the tournament ($500), top-goal scorer ($1000), goalkeeper of the tournament ($1000) as well as player of the tournament ($1500).

The most disciplined team will receive $1000 and 30 Mbada Diamonds branded training kits. Also, 18 players selected by clubs to take part in the match shall receive $100 each as appearance fee. Seven members of the technical shall receive $150.

Manyaya added: “The tournament winner will receive forty gold medals, a floating trophy and a sponsorship subsidy to participate in the Caf Confederations Cup, providing uniforms, accommodation, tracksuits, travel fares and accommodation. The subsidy amount is $110 000.

“We have played our part in trying to cushion clubs by increasing participation fees, food, transport and accommodation in order to benefit the clubs.

“The fans should also benefit from this prestigious tournament and our humble request to the clubs and PSL is for you to consider making gate charges $1 for Mbada Diamonds Cup matches countrywide.”

A draw for the preliminary matches, which will begin on September 28, was also conducted with defending champions Dynamos being paired against newboys Tripple B.

The pick of the draw will see Bulawayo giants Highlanders take on Triangle.

CAPS United were drawn against Motor Action in a repeat of last season’s first round.

Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine will resume their rivalry after being drawn together in the first round. 

Premier Soccer League chief executive Kenny Ndebele paid glowing tribute to Mbada Diamonds Company while revealing that venues for the matches will be announced in due course.

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