DeMbare face FC Platinum in Chibuku quarter-finals

Munyaradzi Musiiwa in GWERU
DEFENDING champions FC Platinum were paired against league champions Dynamos in the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-finals in a draw conducted at Zaire Bar here yesterday. The two teams will renew their rivalry just a week after tomorrow’s league match at Mandava as the Chibuku Super Cup matches are slated for the weekend of 19 and 20 September at venues to be announced.

The draw was conducted in a random manner with all teams thrown into the hat with the first team out facing the fifth team out of the hat. Triangle were the first team out of the hat and were drawn against Harare City while ZPC Kariba came out second and were paired against How Mine. Log leaders Chicken Inn were third and will face it off with Chapungu.

There were no representatives from Dynamos, ZPC Kariba, and Chicken Inn. Chapungu vice-chairman, Ackroid Moyo, vowed to turn the tables on the Gamecocks in the tournament.  “It is going to be interesting because we have played Chicken Inn twice this year and lost both matches in the league,” said Moyo.

“The Chibuku Super Cup is our only opportunity to beat them this year.” Joey Antipas, the Chicken Inn mentor, described the draw as “tough.” “The last eight is always difficult because all the teams have faced one another. For us we have faced Chapungu twice and they know how we play. “Therefore, it is a tough draw for us but I hope we will go past the quarter-final stage.”

FC Platinum media liaison officer, Chido Chizondo, expressed confidence they will sail past the Glamour Boys. “It’s always tough to play against Dynamos but we are confident that we will manage to come out with a result against them,” said Chizondo. “Our aim is to return to the African Safari and it is important that we go all the way in the Chibuku Super Cup whose destiny is in our hands.”

Premier Soccer League chief executive, Kenny Ndebele, thanked the sponsors, Delta Beverages, for their continued support of the tournament. Chibuku Super Cup Quarter Finals Draw. Triangle United v Harare City, ZPC Kariba v How Mine, Chicken Inn v Chapungu, FC Platinum v Dynamos