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Byo football festival kicks off

FOUR of Bulawayo’s Premier Soccer League clubs will take part in a football festival at Barbourfields Stadium today.

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The tournament, organised by Bulawayo giants Highlanders, How Mine, Tsholotsho and newly-promoted Bulawayo City as a fund-raiser before the league starts in April, presents all the clubs with an opportunity to showcase some of the players that will take them through the 2016 season.

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Chicken Inn, who are taking part in the CAF Champions League and yesterday played Caf Confederation Cup participants Harare City in a friendly match at Barbourfields Stadium, are the only Bulawayo team not taking part in the festival.

Bosso fans have the chance to see new coach, Dutchman Erol Akbay, who will be part of the Highlanders technical team today after arriving in the country last Tuesday. He has only seen the team for two days and his assistant Amini Soma-Phiri and technical advisor Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu are likely to take charge while Akbay assesses the team.

How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu — who has since been cleared to coach the gold miners — is likely to be in charge today with assistant Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu, while at Tsholotsho it will be Lizwe Sweswe and assistant Bongani Mafu in charge. The festival, which is scheduled to last the whole day, will cost football fans $2 for the rest of the ground, $3 for the wings and $5 for the VIP.

Highlanders are seeded in the tournament and play the second semi-final with the first two teams to be picked in the draw, playing the first at 10am.

The following match will be the third-place play-off before the final that will be played at 3pm.

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