The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has maintained its new policy of taking the game of football to the people by spreading the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-final matches across the country.
PSL yesterday announced for the first time in many years, two of the country’s biggest cities Harare and Bulawayo will not enjoy Premier League football this weekend as top-flight action will be confined to small towns such as Hippo Valley and Redcliff.
While small towns such as Kariba have enjoyed a rare taste of Premier League football in recent months, the biggest beneficiaries of the PSL’s new policy in cup competitions have been the people of the Lowveld.
In the past three months alone, Chiredzi has played host to two high profile Premier League club cup matches.
They first witnessed a BancABC Sup8r match between Dynamos and Hwange was played at Gibbo Stadium, the same venue that hosted the Mbada Diamonds Cup first round clash between FC Platinum and Black Mambas last month.
Action will make a swift return to the Lowveld this Saturday when Kiglon play Zimbabwe Saints at Chishamiso Stadium located in the heart of a small town called Hippo Valley.
The people of Kwekwe who last saw action in 2009 before Lancashire Steel club was relegated, have not been spared either.
On Sunday, the whole city which is still mourning the shocking death of their son Tongai Moyo who passed away on Saturday night — will have something to smile about when they travel to Torwood Stadium in Redcliff to watch Blue Ribbon playing league champions Motor Action.
Gunners and FC Platinum will take their growing enmity to Colliery on Saturday. There is no doubt the platinum boys will be out for revenge against a team that has derailed their title charge by taking six points from them.
FC Platinum will no doubt want to eliminate Chando Kupisa from the country’s richest club competition to make up for all the misery they have been subjected to by the Moses Chunga, coached side this season.
The Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-final fixtures will end with a proverbial David versus Goliath clash between high-riding Dynamos and struggling Shooting Stars at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane on Sunday.
Saturday: FC Platinum v Gunners (Colliery, Hwange), Kiglon v Zimbabwe Saints (Chishamiso, Hippo Valley)
Sunday: Blue Ribbon v Motor Action (Torwood, Redcliff), Dynamos v Shooting Stars (Mandava, Zvishavane)