Platinum Kings!


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FC Platinum are this years winners of the annual Bob88 Super Cup after beating Hwange in the final of the competition played at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.

Motor Action clinched the third spot after beating Dynamos 1-0 in the third and fourth play offs staged earlier at the same venue.

Substitute Mitchelle Katsvairo, who came in for the injured Donald Ngoma in the first half opened the scoring early in the second half before Allan Gahadzikwa made sure the Zvishavane-based side collected their first silverware since their promotion into the top flight league last year.

Former Highfield United midfielder Isaac Madziva volleyed home from inside the box for Motor Actions winner 10 minutes after the halftime break.

However, unlike last year when the winners Dynamos went home $30 000 richer for clinching the trophy and the losing finalists Caps United getting a $15 000 consolation prize, there was no similar joy for the winners this time around.

Organisers of the event had said they would announce the prizes at the event, but remained tight-lipped at the end of the carnivals yesterday with indications that sponsors had shunned the tournament that is held to celebrate President Robert Mugabes birthday.

Spokesperson for the organisers Stanely Kasukuwere told NewsDay Sport last night they were still in meetings.

There was also an embarrassing moment for the organisers when the medals fell off their hookers during presentations by the President, who was the guest of honour at the event.

Save for those awkward moments at the end of the event, it was a good preparatory tournament for the countrys four clubs who are readying for continental club competitions. Caf Champions League debutants FC Platinum host Swazilands Green Mamba in the preliminary round second leg of the competition while Hwange also play host to Tanzanias Jamhuri in the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Motor Action, who are also playing in the Confederation Cup, host South Africas Black Leopards over the weekend. Dynamos, who were given a bye in the preliminary round, will begin their Caf Champions League campaign at the end of next month.

FC Platinum assistant coach Tendai Chikuni who held fort in the absence of coach Rahman Gumbo who is with the Warriors said: It was a good warm-up for our weekend match. We retained the team that won in Swaziland and only put Welcome Ndiweni in place of Charles Sibanda who is with the Warriors. And I must say the team played well. We are only worried with the injuries to Donald and Allan but they should be OK for the match. We will continue to monitor them during the week.