Chibuku Super Cup draw held

HARARE - The first round draw for the 2016 edition of the Chibuku Super Cup was held in the capital yesterday with a number of interesting pairings emerging.

Defending champions Harare City were pitted against relegation-threatened Border Strikers with the Sunshine Boys declaring that it would be a tricky encounter for his side.

City are the defending champions of the tournament after they beat Dynamos 2-1 in last year’s finals at the National Sports Stadium.

The Sunshine Boys went on to represent the country in the African Confederation Cup where they were knocked out in the first round by Zambian side Zanaco.

The match gives the Sunshine Boys a chance to avenge for a 2-1 league defeat they suffered at the hands of the top flight minnows recently.

“It’s not going to be easy for us,” Chunga said after the draw. “We are the defending champions and everyone will be looking forward to knocking us out.

“I would have preferred a seeded team than the bottom side because the last kicks of a dying horse are dangerous. It’s really going to be tough.

“However, we just need to make sure we are ready when the tournament begins.”      

In other matches that were drawn yesterday, Dynamos welcome How Mine at Rufaro Stadium.

The two teams have met twice this year with both matches ending goalless and it will be interesting to see how they fare in a cup tie.

High-riding CAPS United received a relatively easy draw after they were drawn against struggling Bulawayo side Tsholotsho.

The Green Machine has been in great form recently and has since reduced the gap with log leaders FC Platinum to a single point at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership standings.

However, their assistant Tostao Kwashi said their league form will not count in the cup game against Lizwe Sweswe’s side.

“Tsholotsho are a compact side with a good coach and it will definitely be a tough contest,” Kwashi said.

“They might be fighting relegation yes, but this is a cup game and they will obviously want to beat us. We must not get carried away. We are not reading much on how we are playing in the league because cup games are difficult to predicate.”

Log leaders FC Platinum were drawn against Chapungu in a Midlands derby while Bulawayo giants Highlanders will be at home to Mutare City.

ZPC Kariba welcome Bulawayo City while Chicken Inn travel to Gibbo Stadium for a date with Triangle.

The Chibuku Super Cup first round matches are scheduled for the weekend of September 16-18 with the quarter-finals set for September 30 and October 2.

Semi-finals will held during the weekend of October 21-23 while the final will be played on November 5.

The top eight clubs as of week 15 were seeded and automatically positioned according to their standings while the bottom eight teams was fixtured against the seeded teams by drawing of lots.

The draw for the quarter-finals will be conducted after the first round matches.

Full Draw:

FC Platinum v Chapungu (Mandava), Highlanders v Mutare City (Barbourfields), CAPS United v Tsholotsho (National Sports Stadium), Dynamos v How Mine (Rufaro), ZPC Kariba v Bulawayo City (Nyamhunga), Triangle v Chicken Inn (Gibbo), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Hwange (Baobab), Harare City v Border Strikers (Rufaro)

Comments (2)

Chibuku beer , Chibuku power , i think the draw has been conducted fairly

Tauzeni Jarachara - 7 September 2016

Chibuku super cup yauya kuipa.ngadzitatsurane team vanhu vachirova hwahwa

MATINYANYA - 15 September 2016

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