Bob 88 double-header at Rufaro


A week after successful starts in African club football competitions, FC Platinum and Hwange head to Rufaro Stadium on Sunday for the 2012 edition of the Bob 88 final.

Platinum thumped Green Mamba of Swaziland 4-2 in the preliminary round, first leg at Somhlolo Stadium on Sunday while Hwange trounced Jamhuri of Zanzibar 3-0 in the Confederation Cup. Sundays final will be memorable as Dynamos and Motor Action, losers to the finalists in the last four, will clash as the main curtain-raiser.

However, some key players are likely to be out of action as they will be leaving for Burundi on the same day for the first leg encounter of the qualifiers for next years Africa Cup of Nations which will be hosted by South Africa.

FC Platinum will be without head coach Rahman Gumbo, who is interim Warriors mentor following the suspension of Norman Mapeza over his alleged involvement in the Asiagate scandal.

With FC Platinum and Hwange in the final, it would have made sense for the match to be played in the Southern Region, from where the two clubs hail, but co-ordinator of the Bob 88 Super Cup competition Stan Kasukuwere yesterday confirmed the final would be played at Rufaro.

The final will be played on Sunday the 26th at Rufaro. Although some players might not be around, it will be a chance for other players to make it into their first teams. I believe these guys have a number of players.

Dynamos and Motor Action will play before the final; I cannot call it third and fourth place, but it will be a double header for the Harare football fans, Kasukuwere said.

Kasukuwere said the prize monies for this years tournament, won by Dynamos last year after beating Caps United, would be announced on Friday.

Besides Gumbo, FC Platinum are likely to miss the services of their Caf Champions League preliminary round two-goal hero Donald Ngoma and 2010 Soccer Star of the Year Charles Sibanda if the pair travels with the Warriors who date Burundi in a mid-week clash next Wednesday in Bujumbura.

But the match will be good preparation for the platinum miners who meet Swazilands Green Mamba in the second leg of the Champions League preliminary round at Mandava Stadium next weekend.

Motor Action, who will also be hosting South Africas Black Leopards in the return leg of the Confederation Cup next weekend, could also be without first-choice goalkeeper Marlon Jani and Godfrey Moyo, who scored the equaliser in Polokwane, if the duo travels with the Warriors on Sunday.