Chibuku quarter finals …CAPS back at Mandava graveyard

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THE second round of the Chibuku Super Cup gets underway this weekend with four matches lined up in Gweru, Bulawayo and Zvishavane.
In a draw conducted last Tuesday at Warren Park One Beerhall, Harare, How Mine, Black Rhinos, Chiredzi FC, FC Platinum, Highlanders, Triangle, Harare City and CAPS United were put in one bowl.
The first team to be picked out of the bowl would be quarter final number one and would be the home team.
The same applies to the second, third and fourth.
The fifth team to be picked was to meet the first team picked out of the bowl in that order.
First to be picked out of the bowl was How Mine followed by Black Rhinos, Chiredzi and FC Platinum.
Highlanders were picked number five setting up another Bulawayo derby.
Black Rhinos were then paired with Triangle while Chiredzi date Harare City.
FC Platinum and CAPS United will meet for the second time this month at the same stadium, Mandava, on Sunday at 3pm.
They met last Saturday at Mandava Stadium in the Commander ZNA Charity Shield match.
CAPS United were at the receiving end as they conceded half-a-dozen goals in Zvishavane.
It was an easy cruise for FC Platinum who clinched the Charities Shield.
The Chibuku Super Cup presents a chance for CAPS United to redeem lost pride against FC Platinum which mercilessly thumped them.
The loss at Mandava was blamed on the bad patch the CAPS United camp is going through.
The players were demanding their outstanding dues and that spilled onto the field of play.
Pundits cited that players were playing under protest.
Away from the green war between FC Platinum and CAPS United, the match pitting How Mine and Highlanders is another talking point in the Chibuku Super Cup.
The match will be played at Hartsfield Stadium in Bulawayo on Sunday.
Meetings between the two produce fireworks.
The clash between the two bring to the fore memories of clashes between Highlanders and Zimbabwe Saints.
How Mine have managed to stage stiff resistance to Highlanders and the match promises to be a thriller.
The last time the two met was on August 3 in a league match that provided no winner in a goalless affair.
Prior to the league match, How Mine or ‘Chikurupati’ had beaten Bosso 4-3 on penalties in a One-Wallet Cup match at Ascot Stadium in Gweru on July 19.
How Mine have not been performing well in the league, but have great potential in cup games.
They were eliminated by Dynamos in the One-Wallet semi final match at Mandava Stadium a fortnight ago in a 2-0 drubbing.
Judging from the performance at Mandava, Chikurupati have the potential to hand Highlanders yet another cup upset.
Highlanders will remember last year’s Mbada Diamonds Cup final at Barbourfields Stadium where they silenced the league debutants with an emphatic 3-0 victory.
The Bulawayo giants go into the match with memories of the 1-4 loss at the hands of Dynamos in the TM Pick ‘n’ Pay Challenge Cup match last Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.
With US$75 000 prize money for the winners, both teams will fight to the bitter end.
Black Rhinos who shocked Dynamos with a 1-0 win in the first round date cup specialists Triangle in another quarter final match.
Triangle have managed to stay afloat in the two cup games they have participated in.
The Lowveld side are in the final of the One-Wallet Cup and a win over Black Rhinos will confirm the ‘cup specialists’ tag.
Triangle and Black Rhinos have met twice this year in the league and both matches ended in goalless draws.
The two teams clash on Monday at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.
This time they meet in a cup game and there has to be a winner.
Biggie Zuze’s side are good at penalties and their strategy has worked for them twice in the One-Wallet Cup.
They beat Harare City in the first round on penalties before they outclassed Chicken Inn in the penalty lottery to book a place in the final.
Chiredzi FC battle it out against resurgent Harare City in the other quarter final match.
Chiredzi FC who are rooted at the bottom of the log might be heading for the First Division next season and have a chance to go in fashion with silverware. The two play tomorrow at Mandava Stadium in an early kick-off at 1pm.
However, the Gishon Ntini-coached side have to pass the Harare City hurdle to reach the semi finals.

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