IT’S back to the original draw.
REPORT BY THE SPORTS EDITOR
Defending champions Dynamos will play Caps United in the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup next Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium.
FC Platinum take on Monomotapa at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare next Saturday.
It has been a seesaw of events, leaving the football fan confused and it was only befitting last night that the final word on the semi-finals be issued by Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Twine Phiri. He offered his apologies to the sponsors and the football world and invited soccer fans to travel to Bulawayo and Mutare to watch the last four.
First, it was Dynamos vs Caps United and FC Platinum against Monomotapa, with the secretariat having confirmed that as per the rules and regulations booklet governing the competition and signed by all clubs.
Then, it was Dynamos vs FC Platinum and Caps United against Monomotapa after Phiri made a new confirmation based on the live draw made two months ago.
But as it stands today, it’s back to day one where the Harare giants will be involved in the final before the final at Barbourfields next Sunday while Platinum, semi-finalists in the same competition last season, will tackle high-riding Monomotapa.
Yesterday, Phiri released the following statement last night:
“The Premier Soccer League Executive Committee would like to inform all its stakeholders that the Mbada Diamonds Cup draw followed the standard Confederation of African Football (CAF) draw format of numbering matches from the first round to the final match.
“We take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to the sponsors, Mbada Diamonds, the participating clubs, all stakeholders and fans for the lack of clarity on the draw procedure. We now invite all fans to bring their families to watch the explosive semi- final matches scheduled for next week.
“Mbada Diamonds and the PSL are committed to bringing football to all corners of the Zimbabwe, while harnessing diamonds for the people.
“We are certain that our clubs and their football players are looking forward to lifting the prestigious Mbada Diamonds Cup, and represent Zimbabwe in the CAF Confederation Cup 2013.”