Fireworks at Bob 88 final

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Who will be the champions?
That is the question begging for an answer as FC Platinum and Hwange battle for the top prize in the 2012 edition of the Bob 88 Super Cup football final at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Platinum carry the favourites tag, judging by the huge investments they have made in player personnel while Hwange will go into the match without pressure as they are considered the underdogs at least on paper.

And the Zvishavane-based sides secretary Phil Muvengwa has posted on the clubs official Facebook page they are taking the match seriously.

We are very happy because the Bob 88 Super Cup is our first cup final since gaining promotion into the Premiership. We are taking . . . the match seriously.

The important thing to us is joining the entire nation in celebrating His Excellencys birthday. It is our wish that the trophy, given that this is the second edition of the tournament, changes base, but I do not mean going to Hwange as it is too long a distance to take such a prestigious trophy by road, Muvengwa said.

Their galaxy of stars includes Gilbert Banda, Daniel Vheremu, Ali Sadiki, Qadr Amini, Welcome Ndiweni, Rowen Nenzou, Zephaniah and Joel Ngodzo and Mitchell Katsvairo, who all travelled to Swaziland last weekend for a Champions League clash against Green Mamba,.

From the squad left behind, Benjamin Marere and Louis Matawu might have an opportunity to fight for starting places.

On the other hand, Hwange technical manager Tennant Chilumba has also declared that they need to take that trophy on the 738km road journey from Harare to the Colliery.

Nkosana Siwela, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Francisco Zikumbawire and veteran goal poacher Gilbert Zulu are some of the key players in the rebuilding side that recently parted ways with the experienced trio of Obert Moyo, Andrew Chuma and former skipper Gerald Ndlovu.

Meanwhile, Dynamos and Motor Action, the losing semi-finalist, will set the ball rolling at midday as they seek to restore lost pride.

For the Mighty Bulls, the game comes at an opportune time as coach Joey Antipas will seek to refine his squad ahead of next Saturdays Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round, second leg against Black Leopards of South Africa.

They drew 1-1 in the opening leg last weekend.
On the other hand, Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa knows very well he has millions of his teams fans to appease ahead of the first round of the Champions League against, possibly, Liga Muculmana of Mozambique next month.

After firing half a dozen goals past newly-promoted Quelaton, the champions were brought down to earth when they went 2-1 down to Hwange in the semi-finals of the Bob 88. That was a wake-up call which Pasuwa needs to build his team.