TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup off

HARARE - This year, the TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup will not be held after the organisers decided to pull the plug on the one-off match.

Last year, the TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup featuring traditional giants Dynamos and Highlanders was one of the richest competitions in the local Premiership.

Dynamos walked away with $60 000 for winning the one-off final against Highlanders 4-1 at the National Sports Stadium.

Bosso were given a cheque of $50 000 as the losing finalists while the rest of the 14 Premiership teams got $3 000 each without even kicking a ball.

The TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup also acted as the retail giant’s draw and hand-over ceremony for the vehicles won by customers during their in-store Bargain Bonanza Promotion.

The retail group yesterday launched the 2015 edition of the Bargain Bonanza Promotion but the TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup was scrapped off.

TM Pick n Pay managing director Dharmalingum Dass said: “This year we won’t be having the Challenge Cup due to the huge challenges and red tape that was experienced last year. We have decided to invest into having the handover ceremony at each store.

“This will ensure that the winning customers will receive their vehicles at the store where they shopped. A party atmosphere will be created in-store and live crossings by Star FM to the relevant store on the 17th of October where the customers will be interviewed.”

PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele said he could not comment further on the “red tape” alluded to by Dass.

“They (TM Pick n Pay) are the best people to speak on the competition. I cannot speak on behalf of other corporates. I only speak on football matters,” he said.

This latest development means there will be only one cup competition in the PSL this season — the Chibuku Super Cup.

The competition commences this weekend with all 16 clubs taking part in the first round.

Harare City and Buffaloes get the ball rolling when they clash at Rufaro Stadium this Friday.

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