Easycall Cup blockbuster semis

HARARE – Highlanders vice chairman Mgcini Mpofu says they were pleased to be drawn against bitter rivals Dynamos in the semi-finals of the NetOne Easycall Cup.     

The two Premiership giants were drawn to face each other in a mouth-watering semi-final when the draw took place in the capital yesterday.

The fixture was the first to be drawn, before CAPS United were pitted to face newly-crowned champions Chicken Inn in the other semi-final clash.

Both matches will be played at Barbourfields Stadium during the weekend of December 5 and 6.

And while welcoming the draw Bosso’s vice-chairman says they would have preferred to face the Glamour Boys at Rufaro Stadium where they generally enjoy good form.

“It’s not going to be automatic at Barbourfields but we wish for the best. We are trying to make sure that we will redeem ourselves and regain our lost pride following our poor run in the league this year,” Mpofu told the Daily News on the sidelines of the draw.

“We hope we will beat Dynamos something we feel is possible. It was our wish that we meet them in the semi-final.

“We don’t really depend much on the home crowd when playing at BF especially against Dynamos because they tend to do better there.

“It could have been much easier if we play them at Rufaro because we have got a record at Rufaro but at Barbourfields they also have got a record. So it’s going to be a good match.”

Dynamos treasurer Webster Marechera, who represented his team, says he would have wanted to avoid playing Highlanders in the semi-finals.

“I wasn’t anticipating this kind of draw. It will be a mammoth task I should say,” Marechera said.

“But we have been in this situation before and we will go there and fight. We have played Highlanders for a long time and our games are always exciting. We are looking forward to a good outing. I think it’s a fair draw.”

CAPS United chief executive Joe Makuvire said they could not have wished for a better draw.

“As CAPS United we could not have wished for a better team than Chicken Inn. Of course they are a tough team but we want to do well,” said Makuvire.

Dynamos advanced to the semifinal stage at the expense of How Mine after an Ocean Mushure strike from the penalty spot earned them a 1-0 win.

Chicken Inn beat ZPC Kariba on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 in regulation time, while Highlanders edged FC Platinum 1-0 courtesy of a solitary strike by Knox Mutizwa.

CAPS United booked their place with a 3-1 win over Hwange at the National Sports Stadium.

Chicken Inn are looking to cap a fine season by winning the double having already been confirmed the 2015 Castle Premiership champions.

Dynamos, Highlanders and the Green Machine, who have failed to pick up any silverware so far this term, will be out to redeem themselves in this tournament.

NetOne Easycall Fixtures: Highlanders v Dynamos, CAPS United v Chicken Inn (Both matches at Barbourfields)

Comments (1)

this is going to be an interesting game btwn Dynmos nd bosso but the most disappointing thing in a game btwn these two giants is hw fans behave after the game.To all Dembare and Bosso fans lets go and enjoy the most beautiful game

SHEPIRO - 26 November 2015

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