DEFENDING champions Dynamos have avoided old foes Highlanders as they play in the semi-finals of the Independence Trophy scheduled for Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Potentially, the two could meet again in the final on April 18 — their second meeting this year after the Harare football giants triumphed 2-0 in the Bob90 Super Cup at Rufaro two weeks ago.
According to Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela- Dynamos will face Harare City at Rufaro on Sunday while Highlanders host FC Platinum in Bulawayo at Barbourfields Stadium.
“We picked the team which finished first in the league last year to play against the team which finished third with the team which finished second playing against the team which finished fourth.
“Details of the prize money will be announced in due course,” Gwesela said yesterday.
Dynamos won the league title on goal difference after pipping Highlanders and Harare City who finished second and third respectively in a very close championship race.
FC Platinum finished fourth in the campaign.
The Independence Cup is now the official opening tournament — replacing the NetOne Charity Shield which has been the traditional season opener.
Premier Soccer League chief executive Kenny Ndebele said they had decided to make the Independence Trophy the opening tournament of the season after realising that as football stakeholders, they should not been according the tournament the status it deserved.
The winners of the semi -finals will play in the final on April 18 in Harare with the losers playing for the third and fourth place in Bulawayo the same day.
Dynamos are the defending champions after edging bitter rivals Highlanders 1-0 in the final last year.