BF to host Easycall final

HARARE - Barbourfields Stadium will host the 2015 NetOne Easycall Cup final between Highlanders and Chicken Inn on Sunday, the Premier Soccer League confirmed yesterday.

The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Sunday’s final between Highlanders and newly-crowned league champions Chicken Inn will be the first time since 2013 that two clubs from Bulawayo are meeting in a cup final.

The last cup final featuring Bulawayo clubs was the 2013 Mbada Diamonds Cup between Highlanders and How Mine with Bosso winning after thumping the gold miners 3-0.

Highlanders set up a potentially-explosive derby with the Gamecocks after edging bitter rivals Dynamos 2-1 in a gripping semi-final tie last Sunday.

Obadiah Tarumbwa and Golden Boot winner Knox Mtizwa scored for the Bulawayo giants while Roderick Mutuma found the target for the Glamour Boys.

Bosso will be hoping to end the season on a high following a difficult campaign in which they found themselves fighting relegation at some point before finishing sixth on the final log table.

The Bulawayo giants, whose season had been a bumpy ride until Amini Soma Phiri and Cosmos Zulu came to stabilise the ship towards the end of the season, have every reason to believe, especially after knocking FC Platinum out of the tournament in the quarter-finals before Sunday’s win against bitter rivals DeMbare.

Highlanders, will however, have to do without striker Tarumbwa who is suspended after accumulating two straight cards in two matches which is against rules and regulations of the tournament.

They will also be praying that Mtizwa, who returned to South Africa for trials, will be back in time for the game.

Mtizwa and Tarumbwa were in great form against DeMbare causing all sorts of problems for the Harare giants.

Chicken Inn, on the other hand, will be looking to cap a fine season by winning the double having already been confirmed the 2015 Castle Premiership champions.

The Gamecocks thumped CAPS United 3-0 in the other semi-final to book their place in the final.

Chicken Inn coach, Joey Antipas can take confidence in the fact that his side has shown great character in their march towards their first league title since promotion into the top flight in 2011.

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