THE Premier Soccer league in partnership with Mbada Diamonds, the sponsors of the country’s richest 16-team knockout tournament, have released the schedule for semifinal matches to be played this weekend.
By Brian Nkiwane
The dates and venues of the semi-final matches pitting Highlanders against Harare City and the other match pitting CAPS United and How Mine were made public on October 18, when the draw was conducted but what was left was to allocate the clubs dates.
At the stakeholders meeting held in the capital on Thursday, all parties agreed that Highlanders were going to square off with Harare City at Mandava on Saturday, while CAPS United have been handed a chance to storm into the finals of the tournament in front of their fans as they will play How Mine on Sunday at the giant National Sports Stadium.
The chairman of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, who is also the spokesperson of the committee, Tafadzwa Chiremba confirmed the dates, venues and dates allocations.
“I can confirm the dates, venues, as well as dates allocations. Highlanders will be playing Harare City on Saturday at Mandava while CAPS United host How Mine at the National Sports Stadium the following day,” Chiremba said.
According to PSL competitions manger Elisha Mandireva, the committee also put into consideration that CAPS United have been playing away from home since the third edition of the tournament started.
“CAPS United have been given a chance to play at home for the first time. The Green Machine has been playing away from home since the tournament started,” Mandireva said.
CAPS United opened the 2013 edition with a date against Motor Action at Sakubva in Mutare winning 7-6 after a penalty shootout before travelling to Gweru’s Ascot Stadium for a quarter-final clash against Chicken Inn whom they beat 2-1.
Their opponent How Mine played their opening match at home, Barbourfields, where they edged Black Rhinos 1-0 before coming up with a giant killing act when they knocked out DeMbare at Rufaro with a 1-0 score line.
Highlanders had a chance of opening the 2013 edition with a home date against Triangle winning 3-2 before travelling to Masvingo’s Mucheke Stadium, where they beat Buffaloes 3-0 to storm into the semifinals of this Cup for the first time.
Their semifinal opponents Harare City also opened their account with a home match against Monomotapa at Rufaro in which they emerged 1-0 winners before travelling to Chiredzi’s Gibbo where they dismissed Hwange 2-0 on their way to the semis.
Meanwhile, both parties agreed that fans still have to pay US$1 gate entry charges at both match venues.