Chibuku Cup draw: Giants separated

HARARE - Local football giants Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United were separated during the 2015 Chibuku Super Cup first round draw held at Zebra Bar in Mbare yesterday.

The tournament first round matches are scheduled for the weekend of August 8-9 with the quarter-finals set for August 19-20.

The final of the Chibuku Super Cup is expected to be played on October 31.

There was a prospect of a big tie in the first round after it was announced the top eight teams in the Castle Lager Premiership after 15 matches would be seeded while the bottom half would go into the hat.

With Highlanders struggling for form, the Bulawayo giants ended the first half of the season in ninth place and were drawn to play away against city rivals How Mine at Luveve Stadium.

Dynamos were paired against struggling Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services side Whawha at Rufaro Stadium while CAPS United were drawn against declining ZPC Kariba at the National Sports Stadium.

Chibuku Cup defending champions FC Platinum have a relatively easy first round draw against Dongo Sawmills at Mandava Stadium while Chapungu host Flame Lilly at Ascot Stadium.

FC Platinum are the defending champions of the tournament after beating Harare City 3-1 on penalties in the final last year before going on to represent the country in the African Confederation Cup.

The final first round pairings will see log leaders Triangle take on struggling newcomers Tsholotsho at Gibbo Stadium while second-placed Chicken Inn will host poor travellers Hwange at White City Stadium.

The Chibuku Super Cup will be the first knockout competition in the league this year and most teams welcomed the first round draw.

CAPS United spokesperson Joyce Kapote said: “I think it’s a fair draw, we have avoided other big teams and it makes the tournament exciting.

“We are looking forward to do well. We are hoping to do well this time around. We have a real chance of winning the trophy this year.”

Highlanders Supporters Harare Chapter chairperson Modern Ngwenya said: “We are going to unleash our potential in this tournament. We have been playing well all along and we are hoping to do well in this tournament.”

The tournament, which made a return to the domestic football last year, is being sponsored by Delta Beverages through their opaque beer brand — Chibuku.

Delta Beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda said: “Delta Beverages reaffirms its continued investment in sport by unveiling the Chibuku Super Cup draw for 2015 at a memorable event at Zebra Bar today.

“In this challenging environment, Delta reaffirms its confidence in the local game. Every single team that is participating in this tournament is going to walk away richer. The top winning team, will walk away with $75 000 and the second-placed team with $50 000. The losing semi-finalists will get $25 000 and $15 000 for the losing quarter finalists.

This event comes at the back of a successful Chibuku Neshamwari event last week. As Delta Beverages, we value the privilege of promoting and celebrating with all Zimbabweans from all walks of life, the game of football.”

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