THE draw for the first edition of the $500 000 Chibuku Super Cup for all 16 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams is on tomorrow.
This will be the second knockout competition in the league this term after the One Wallet Cup.
The Chibuku Super Cup is scheduled for the weekend of August 16-17 with the quarter-finals set for September 12-24.
PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele yesterday said: “We are going to have a draw for the Chibuku Super Cup on Wednesday [tomorrow] involving all the 16 teams. As you are aware, we launched the tournament. So on Wednesday (tomorrow), we are having a draw.”
On the live broadcast of the games, Ndebele said: “We are still working with Supersport on that, but obviously we will screen some of the games as we do with the PSL games. We cannot screen all of them, especially in the initial stages.”
Initially, the tournament had been slated for May and August, but it was revised owing to a congested fixtures programme by the top-flight league management due to renovations to Barbourfields and Luveve stadiums for the 2014 Region Five Games that will be staged in December in Bulawayo.
The league will also have the Mbada Diamonds Cup from October to December and are looking to tie up another competition that might involve two teams this year and 16 next season.
On the day of the draw, PSL teams will be in action with defending Dynamos, who were held to a goalless draw by army side Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium on Sunday, facing struggling Chicken Inn at the National Sports Stadium.
The champions are in third place on the league table with 31 points from 17 matches — one behind leaders Highlanders who were also held to a goalless draw by How Mine.
And this is the best chance they have of leaping to the top of the standings.
Kalisto Pasuwa’s men will be seeking maximum points against Chicken Inn to keep check of the log leaders who visit improving army side Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma.
ZPC Kariba, still unbeaten in the league after 17 matches after their 0-0 draw against Hwange, will be in the spotlight once again as they make the trip to relegation-threatened Chiredzi FC.
The Saul Chaminuka-coached side is sitting on second position on the league table with 31 points.
Chiredzi FC, still at the foot of the table with a paltry 10 points, suffered a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Harare City and will be ready to put up a strong fight in order to avoid the chop at the end of the campaign.
Harare giants Caps United, buoyed by their 1-0 victory over Chicken Inn at the weekend, travel to the Colliery for a date against Hwange.
Makepekepe are in fourth position on the league table with 30 points, just a point behind bitter rivals Dynamos.
Tomorrow: Dynamos v Chicken Inn (Gwanzura), Chapungu v Buffaloes (Ascot), How Mine v Triangle United (Luveve Stadium 3pm), Chiredzi v ZPC Kariba (Chishamiso Stadium), Shabanie Mine v Harare City (Maglas Stadium), Black Rhinos v Highlanders (Rimuka Stadium), Bantu Rovers v FC Platinum (Luveve Stadium 1pm)
Thursday: Hwange v Caps United (Colliery Stadium)