The abandoned BancABC Sup8r Cup semi-final between Highlanders and Dynamos will be played next Wednesday and has been moved from Baghdad Stadium in Kwekwe to the National Sports Stadium in Harare.
This has been a concession by both the clubs, who according to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) acting chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele, Monday agreed that the Kwekwe stadium was too small for the security of their fans and settled for the giant stadium.
“The BancABC semi-final between Highlanders and Dynamos will now be played at the National Sports Stadium next week on Wednesday. It was felt that Baghdad was too small for the high-profile match involving Highlanders and Dynamos. For the security of the fans, both the clubs and the PSL resolved to have the match played on October 27 at 3pm,” Ndebele said.
Ndebele said the match would be played over 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra-time would be played if the two teams reach a deadlock.
If a stalemate still ensues after extra-time, there would be a penalty shoot-out.
Ndebele said in the meantime, Bulawayo giants Highlanders were expected to withdraw their High Court case by Friday.
The dates for the final would be announced after next Wednesday’s semi-final.
“Highlanders would be expected to withdraw their court case as soon as possible not later than Friday. We have also notified Zifa of the developments and of the change of venue which is meant for the benefit of football. The date for the final shall be announced immediately after the replay,” Ndebele said.
The PSL chief executive officer paid tribute to the sponsors BancABC.
“The league appreciates the patience of our sponsors and all the football-loving people,” Ndebele said.
Last week, Zifa resolved that the semi-final be replayed at a neutral venue in the Midlands after they were approached by the PSL for arbitration on the matter.
The ill-fated BancABC Sup8r Cup semi-final was played on August 21 but was abandoned after Highlanders protested a penalty awarded to Dynamos nine minutes before full time.
The match had earlier been stopped for a lengthy period after Dynamos protested against a penalty awarded to Highlanders. The Harare giants were leading 1-0 when the match was finally abandoned.
An ad-hoc committee set up to arbitrate on the abandoned match awarded it to Dynamos on 3-0 score-line after Highlanders were found guilty of the abandonment of the match.
Feeling short-changed, Highlanders then approached the Bulawayo High Court to stop the final between Dynamos and Caps United on October 2.
Highlanders won the case pending a review of the ad-hoc committee’s decision to award the match to the Glamour Boys.
Wednesday: Dynamos vs Shabanie Mine (Rufaro)