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BancABC Sup8r — Bulls await Bosso or Shabanie


Motor Action stamped their authority over Dynamos on Saturday, knocking out the defending champions in the semi-finals of the BancABC Sup8r at Rufaro via a penalty shootout.

This basically means new champions will be crowned in the competition as none of Motor Action, Highlanders and Shabanie Mine has laid their finger on this silverware before.

The Mighty Bulls won the match 7-6 after a penalty shootout, finishing the match with nine men, following the expulsion of Kuda Musharu and Tawanda Nyamandwe.

The defending league champions beat Dynamos 2-0 earlier this season in a league match.

Dynamos seemed to be on their way to victory when Passmore Bernard missed the first kick before Themba Ndlovu, Issac Masame, Ocean Mushure, Eddie Chitato, Gift Phiri, Rueben Machaya and goalkeeper Marlon Jani hit the target.

Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi missed his spot-kick together with Thomas Magorimbo and Guthrie Zhokinyi. It surprised Dynamos fans why Zhokinyi is still being left to take penalties after missing two in the Independence Trophy final against Highlanders in April.

Timire Mamvura, George Magariro, Roderick Mutuma, Murape Murape, Farai Vimisayi and Augustine Mbara scored for Dynamos.

Now Motor Action can brace for a mouth-watering final against either Highlanders or Shabanie Mine who clash this Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium.
Shabanie have hired Luke Masomere as head coach and drew 1-1 against Shooting Stars in Mutare on Sunday.

Masomere was the first coach to break Highlanders’ home winning streak when he was still in charge of Masvingo with a 0-0 draw.

And he could not have come at a worse time for Highlanders.

On the other hand, Highlanders have rediscovered their form, collecting six points from their last two games — 0-1 to Hwange and 2-0 at home to Zimbabwe Saints — pushing the into third position until tomorrow when Dynamos play Blue Ribbon in a rescheduled match.
In the quarter-final, Motor Action beat Monomotapa 2-1 before the Dynamos semi-final. Highlanders overcame Caps United 1-0 and Shabanie Mine got the better of Gunners by the same scoreline.

While Motor Action are happy to be in the final, they would certainly prefer to meet Highlanders than an unpredictable Shabanie. The Bulls beat Highlanders 2-0 in a league match at Barbourfields early in the season.

Shabanie are no strangers to cup triumphs having stunned Dynamos 1-0 in the then BP League Cup a decade ago.

That was during their heyday when the likes of Asani Juma, the late Thomas Makwasha, John Phiri and Francis Chandida were in the team.

They are now a pale shadow of themselves having been relegated at some stage before eventually earning the return ticket last season.

Masomere is a tricky coach, who has bagged the Zifa Unity Cup, the Independence Trophy, the league title and OK Woza Bhora before and would not mind embarrassing another giant again.

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