Battle lines drawn in TM Challenge Cup

HARARE - Rivals Dynamos and Highlanders have drawn battle lines ahead of their TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup clash in Harare at the weekend.

Dynamos midfielder Stephen Alimenda says the Glamour Boys are desperate to maintain their dominance over Bosso, who they have dominated in league and cup games since 2006.

The inaugural tournament, which will feature the country’s two traditional giants, was officially launched in the capital yesterday.

The match is set for the National Sports Stadium on Saturday with the winners set to pocket $60 000 while the runners-up are guaranteed $50,000.

The game will act as the Grand Draw event for the TM Pick n Pay Big Brands Bargain Bonanza Promotion, a retail promotion that has been running at all TM Pick n Pay stores nationwide.

“This is a cup final and everyone wants to win,” Alimenda said.

“We are preparing knowing that this is a money game. This is a different game and we are fully aware of the threat posed by Highlanders.

“We don’t want to look much into the history book. We might have been beating them in the previous years but it does not guarantee us to be complacent. We should be geared up for the match,” added Alimenda.

Highlanders midfielder Charles Sibanda is however confident of ending Dynamos’s dominance.

“I think this is our big chance this time to end their dominance against us. It’s a cup final and there is a lot of money in it. I think on Saturday we will turn the tables.

“It’s been long since we beat them. I think this is the right time to correct the wrongs from our previous matches. Everyone is geared up for the match. Morale is high in the camp and we are looking forward to the match,” added Sibanda.

The two giants will be meeting for the fourth time this season, with the previous three meetings all going Dynamos’s way.

Gate charges have been pegged at $1 while children will watch for free.

The clubs thanked the sponsors for choosing them to participate in the challenge event.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL), which sanctioned the match, also thanked the sponsors.

“As PSL we value so much the decision by TM to partner us in developing football by making us a part of their promotio,” PSL vice-chairman Peter Dube said.

“We all know the situation we are in when it comes to sponsorship in the country and for TM to partner us we have been given a challenge to make sure that we make it enjoyable and sustainable,” he added.

The teams will be housed at the five-star Meikles Hotel a day before the match. Sponsors also revealed that Bosso will be flown to Harare for the big game.

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