Dream Chibuku Super Cup final on

HARARE - A  Chibuku Super Cup dream final is on the cards after in-form sides FC Platinum and Highlanders were separated during yesterday’s semi-final draw held in the capital.

The platinum miners were paired to face defending champions Harare City in a repeat of the 2014 final in which the Zvishavane-based side triumphed under questionable circumstances.

In the other semi-final, Highlanders will meet newboys Ngezi Platinum Stars.

The venues for both semi-finals, which will be held during the weekend of October 22-23, will be announced in due course after consultations with Supersport.

FC Platinum and Highlanders are in the running for a league and cup double as they are still heavily involved in the title race.

The platinum miners progressed to the last four of the Chibuku Super Cup following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Triangle at the weekend.

However, they have a difficult task as they will have to clear the difficult hurdle posed by the Sunshine Boys.

The platinum miners won the Chibuku Cup in its first year in 2014 after beating Harare City 3-1 on penalties following a controversial late equaliser by Walter Musona to force a draw.

Yesterday’s draw has thus afforded Harare City a chance to atone for that result. Sunshine Boys spokesperson Hope Chizuzu yesterday said they could not have wished for a better draw.

“This is the perfect draw for us. I don’t think we could have wished for a better draw than this,” Chizuzu told the Daily News.

“This is the biggest tournament in the country which guarantees us passage to represent the country in Africa and we cannot waste the opportunity. For us, it’s actually a rehearsal in preparation for the games in Africa next year. 

“We are definitely looking forward to the game against FC Platinum and it will definitely be a good match.

“FC Platinum are a competitive side and they offer us good competition. This is also our chance to win something this season.”

FC Platinum media liaison officer, Chido Chizondo played down the prospect of a league and cup double, saying they are taking it a game at a time.

“We are happy with the draw.

“You know, at this stage I don’t think there are any easy teams to face,” Chizondo said.

“We are looking forward to the game and we hope it will be an exciting match. We are treating each game as it comes. We don’t want to give ourselves unnecessary pressure.”

Highlanders coach Erol Akbay has not made a secret of his intentions to win a league and cup double.

The Bulawayo giants currently trail log leaders FC Platinum by five points with five matches left before the season ends.

But they will have to be at their best if they are to beat Ngezi Platinum Stars who have enjoyed some good results since the arrival of Tonderai Ndiraya. Ngezi Platinum were the biggest winners in the quarterfinals after thumping Tsholotsho 4-1.

Despite, beating the newboys twice in the league earlier this season, Highlanders will be the first team to testify that it was no easy job for them.

“It’s good to be in the run for both the league and the cup,” Akbay told the Daily News earlier this week.

“We are still in the title race and it will be great if we win both. All the teams left in the Chubuku (cup)are difficult so are the remaining five league games.

“We only need to be ready for anyone to ensure we achieve our goal.”  

Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya, while not putting himself and his team under pressure, has also indicated that if provided an opportunity they will grab it.

Full Draw:
Ngezi Platinum v Highlanders, Harare City v FC Platinum

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