Bob 90 semi final at Barbourfields


AMBITIOUS Harare City FC have a chance to collect their first silverware in the top flight when they face-off with Highlanders at Barbourfields in a semi-final match of the Bob 90 Super Cup.
The match will be played on Sunday.
The winner of the semi-final match will meet cup holders Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium on February 23.
Dynamos by virtue of being cup holders got a semi-final bye.
Since their promotion into the premiership two years ago, Harare City have not yet won any silverware in the top flight.
They missed out on the PSL title last year when they came third while they crashed out in the semis of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
They were eliminated by Highlanders at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.
They were deadlocked 2-all before Bosso won the match 5-3 on penalties.
Harare City have a chance to avenge the painful semi-final defeat in the richest knockout tournament.
The municipal owned side have again come close to win the prestigious Super Cup as they have two hurdles ahead.
They have to beat the country’s oldest club on Sunday to set up a derby final at Rufaro Stadium.
Harare City are relatively a new side after they made eight additions to the squad.
Former Dynamos midfielder Timire Mamvura joined the Sunshine Boys after a season at relegated Tripple B.
Striker Francisco Zekumbawire, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Agrippa Muripa, Misheck Mburayi, Mhleli Sibanda, Benson Maglasi and Arnold Chivheya are some of the players who will don the Harare City jersey.
Zekumbawire played against Highlanders in the same tournament last year when still with Dynamos and this year will play against the same opponents in a different team though.
Another striker Chimwemwe is now part of the new Harare City squad.
The young gunslinger crossed the floor from Division One to the top flight.
He was signed from Twalumba FC while defender Chivheya crossed the floor from CAPS United.
Chivheya will join other defenders at Harare City like Witness Nyamutsaka and David Kutyauripo, among others.
Kutyauripo is now the Harare City skipper.
It is his second season at the Sunshine boys.
Both teams will have a chance to gauge their new signings before the league starts early next month.
Highlanders after the departure of a number of key players like Njabulo Ncube and Masimba Mambare, have signed new players that include two from Zvishavane, Valentine Ndaba and Welcome Ndiweni.
Ndaba made proved a crucial player at Shabanie Mine while Ndiweni was at FC Platinum. Another former FC Platinum player Khumbulani Banda has joined the black and white army from How Mine.
Negotiations are also underway to sign 2011 Soccer star-of-the-year Charles Sibanda from FC Platinum.
It remains to be seen whether the new signings will be effective as the two teams clash.
Several new players might be used in the match as the coaches try to gauge their teams.
Dynamos and FC Platinum are the only teams to win the Bob Super Cup. Dynamos have won it twice while the Zvishavane-based side won it once in 2012.
It was their first silverware since their promotion into the top flight in 2011.
The cup is now in its fourth year running and has attracted a lot of attention in the soccer fraternity.
The Bob 90 Super Cup presents a chance to gauge the preparedness of teams ahead of the premiership.
The NetOne Charity Shield is the other pre-season tournament but both tournaments are for a limited number of teams.
The prize money for the winners is not yet confirmed, but the tournament organisers will cater for the travelling and accommodation of Harare City.
The Bob Super Cup is part of celebrating President Mugabe’s birthday.
He was born on February 21 1924 at Kutama, Zvimba.
Meanwhile, Dynamos and How Mine fulfil their African Safari fixtures this weekend when they play the reverse fixtures in Botswana and Zanzibar Island respectively.
Dynamos play against Mochudi Centre Chiefs in Gaborone while the African Safari debutants play Chuoni FC.
Both Zimbabwean teams won the first legs with healthy margins.
Dynamos won 3-0 while How Mine won 4-0 and both teams have good chances to progress to the next rounds of the Champions League and Confederation Cup respectively.
If the Glamour Boys progress from the preliminary round, they will meet the winner of the match between Kanu Pillars of Nigeria and DRC’s AS Vita Club.
Dynamos are likely to meet AS Vita if the DRC team manage to maintain the 3-1 lead they carry into the second leg fixture in Nigeria.


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