It's Chibuku time

HARARE - With the Castle Premiership race appearing to have gathered momentum the league action will this weekend take a break to pave way for the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals.

Four teams – FC Platinum, Harare City, Highlanders and Black Rhinos – will battle it out for a place in the final of this $500 000 tournament.

The two matches will both be played at Rufaro Stadium to maximise on television coverage of the matches by SuperSport.

FC Platinum will face Black Rhinos in the first semi-final on Saturday while Highlanders take on Harare City the following day.

The tournament will afford a rare chance for Highlanders to appease their long suffering supporters after seeing their hopes of winning the league title came to an abrupt end with a 4-0 drubbing in the hands of CAPS United.

The Chibuku Super Cup remains Bosso’s major silverware hopeful this season as they face stiff competition to defend the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

The Mbada Diamonds Cup will be played under a new format this year that will see the top four teams at the end of the season taking part and if Bosso’s current form is anything to go by then might find it hard to make the grade. 

The Bulawayo giants powered their way into the semi-finals of the tournament after thumping How Mine 3-1 at Hartsfield. Felix Chindungwe, Dumisani Ndlovu and Charles Sibanda scored for Bosso.

Mark Mathe, who saw his reign as Bosso interim coach got off to a disastrous start is confident his side will reach the final of the tournament.

Mathe, who took charge of Bosso on an interim basis following the resignation of Kelvin Kaindu last week, could do little as the Green Machine ran riot which all but ended Bosso’s hopes of winning the league title.  

“The CAPS United game has come and gone. We are now working on our shortcomings to improve our net match,” Mathe told the Daily News yesterday.

“This is a cup game and it’s different from the league matches. One thing that I know is that we are up for the challenge. It is in situations like these where we are supposed to show our true character.

“We need to bounce back. We will try motivated the players by reminding them the benefits that comes with winning cup games. Progressing to the final is one of our priorities. What is important now is to take each game as it comes.” 

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has predicted a difficult game against Black Rhinos but is confident of progressing to the final.  

FC Platinum advanced to the last four of the tournament after knocking out CAPS United when they handed them a 1-0 defeat courtesy of an own by defender George Nyirenda.

“We started well since tournament started and we now want to be in the final,” Mapeza told the Daily News.

“We are not taking Black Rhinos lightly they are a good side. Being in the semi-finals means they are a good side. Remember they beat Dynamos at one point in this tournament.

“This is a game of football and a cup game for that matter so anything can happen.”

Chibuku Super Cup semi-final fixtures:

Saturday: FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Rufaro, SS)

Sunday: Highlanders v Harare City (Rufaro, SS)

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