By Alvin Madzivanzira
THE fourth edition of the Bob 90 Super Cup will this year involve three teams while cup holders, Dynamos, got a bye into the final.
The Bob 90 Super Cup which has become a permanent feature on the football calendar will involve Dynamos, Highlanders and Harare City.
The final will be held on February 23.
The pre-season cup will give teams a chance to assess their competitiveness in this year’s season.
For Dynamos, it will be a chance to gauge their players ahead of the CAF Champions League fixtures.
The three teams were top on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) when the season ended last November.
Dynamos got a bye into the final while Highlanders and Harare City face-off in a semi-final match at Barbourfields Stadium.
Addressing journalists at a press conference at a local hotel in Harare on Wednesday, Bob 90 Super Cup publicist, Charles Mabika said: “This year as the organising committee, we came up with recommendations that we would like to give the team that would have won the Super Cup a chance to defend the tournament the following year.
“So this is what it has led to.”
The Highlanders, Harare City match will be played over one leg on February 16 at BF.
Last year’s final between Dynamos and Highlanders was a one-sided affair as the Harare giants continued their dominance over Bosso.
Patrick Khumbula scored three goals in the tournament.
A brace in the second leg at Rufaro and one goal at Barbourfields.
Partson Jaure and Tawanda Muparati also scored for Dynamos while Bruce Kangwa scored the face saver at BF in the first leg when Bosso lost 1-2.
With several players having been lost in the Highlanders camp, Harare City – who have retained most of their players – will face a new Bosso.
So far, Bosso have lost numerous regulars including Masimba Mambare and Njabulo Ncube.
Mambare crossed floor to Dynamos, while Ncube is now at FC Platinum.
However, Harare City might miss the services of Silas Songani who is on the radar of several teams.
The Bob 90 Super Cup was launched in celebration of a revolutionary leader, President Robert Mugabe and it is now part of the 21st February celebrations.
The President’s birthday is celebrated through various activities including the sports tournament.
Basketball also held a tournament in honour of President Mugabe’s life last year.
Mabika said this year’s tournament will involve various teams.
Parliamentarians, the Mighty Warriors, youth teams and soccer legends will participate in this year’s edition of the Super Cup.
The Mighty Warriors based in the Southern Region will clash with the soccer legends and will curtain raise for the elimination match between Highlanders and Harare City.
The Mighty Warriors based in the Northern region will be the curtain raisers of the final match on February 23.
Last year, Dynamos met Highlanders in the final that was played over two legs.
They won 6-1 on aggregate to lift the Bob 89 Super Cup.
Dynamos won US$130 000 prize money and a floating trophy while Highlanders pocketed US$70 000 for their efforts.
This year’s prize money will be revealed later this month, but the organisers highlighted that there were more sponsors on board.
Chicken Slice, Lobels and the Nyaradzo group are some of the sponsors bankrolling the Super Cup.
Two years ago, it was FC Platinum who clinched the Super Cup before Dynamos won it in 2013.
This year’s edition will be officially launched on January 31 in Harare.
President Mugabe was born in Kutama on February 21, 1924.
He was educated at Kutama Mission back in the colonial days between 1942 and 1954.
As a teacher, President Mugabe taught in Zambia and Ghana where he appreciated a free nation hence the beginning of the nationalist journey.
It was not long before his political career began with the formation of the National Democratic Party.
Several parties were formed before they were banned until the formation of Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) in 1963.
For his nationalist efforts, President Mugabe has been in and out of jail, detentions and restriction camps, all in the quest of a free Zimbabwe.
After the formation of ZANU, a military solution was mooted hence a protracted war of liberation.
After the war, the Lancaster House Agreement was signed signalling the end of the war.
A free Zimbabwe came to be on April 18, 1980.
His great contribution to Zimbabwe has over the years earned him respect in the world.
He is widely regarded as a champion of black empowerment among other vibrant policies.
The Bob 90 Super Cup gives deserving honour to the man at the helm of Zimbabwe.
His life is worth celebrating.
Previous Bob Super Cup Winners
Bob 87’ 2011
Dynamos 2-1 CAPS United
Bob 88’ 2012
FC Platinum 2-0 Hwange
Bob 89’ 2013
Dynamos 6-1 Highlanders