Dream Easycall final on

HARARE - No matrer what happens in the semi-finals, there is going to be a dream final when the NetOne Easycall Cup comes to a conclusion.

At the weekend, Dynamos, CAPS United, Highlanders and Chicken Inn all sealed their passage into the last four where they will now battle for a place in the final.

There is no doubt that Dynamos, CAPS United and Highlanders will be desperate to grab wins in this tournament and progress to the final, to compensate for their underwhelming season, while for Chicken Inn the target is now on getting the double.

The semi-finals are scheduled to take place on the weekend of December 5 and 6, but there has been no official confirmation of where the matches will take place.

CAPS enjoyed a rather more straightforward victory, winning 3-1 at the National Sports Stadium against Hwange courtesy of goals from Moses Muchenje, Joel Ngodzo and Hardlife Zvirekwi while the coalminers got their consolation from the boot of Aleck Marime. 

The Green Machine, whose season has been a bumpy ride until Lloyd Chitembwe came to stabilise the ship over two months ago, are upbeat of going all the way and lifting their first major trophy since 2005.

With three matches to go before the season comes to an end, the Green Machine find themselves in fifth place with 39 points. 

“We are not looking much into the teams that have progressed to the semi-finals. What we know is it’s going to be difficult, even in the quarter finals it was not easy,” Chitembwe told the Daily News yesterday.

“Our goal just like everybody else is to win the cup. We will do all we can to make sure we progress to the semi-finals and probably lift the cup. The good thing is that the boys are eager to do well which is a plus on our side.”

In the other quarter-final played on Saturday, Chicken Inn saw off the challenge of ZPC Kariba winning 4-3 after a penalty shootout.

The game had ended goalless after 90 minutes. The win kept the Gamecocks’ chances of a league and cup double alive.

Joey Antipas’ men are sitting on top of the table with 54 points, two better than second-placed FC Platinum, who were knocked out of the Easycall Cup by Highlanders on Sunday.

Tonderai Ndiraya’s Dynamos redeemed themselves from their dismal league form with an Ocean Mushure second half penalty settling matters.

The tournament affords the Glamour Boys to end the season with silverware as they find themselves trailing Chicken Inn by six points.

Ndiraya is also hopeful of winning the cup.

“I am glad we are in the next round. I am happy for the boys for the hard work they have put in.

“We play every match to win and we want to win the tournament no doubt, it’s something we have control over. We want to be in the final and talk about winning the cup later,” Ndiraya said.

Highlanders will be hoping to end the season on a high following a difficult campaign in which they found themselves in the relegation zone at some point.

The Bulawayo giants knocked FC Platinum out of the tournament courtesy of Knox Mutizwa’s solitary strike.

Bosso currently languish in unfamiliar territory, occupying ninth place with 35 points with only three matches left before the season ends.

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