ORGANISERS of the Bob91 Super Cup say Highlanders and Caps United will meet in the semi-final of the football tournament at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday while the Green Machine are supposed to leave on Friday for the Zambezi Cup tournament in Malawi.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Highlanders have said they are not taking part in the tournament as they had already made arrangements to travel to Beitbridge.
Dynamos are in the final slated for March 7 in Harare by virtue of being holders after beating Highlanders 2-0 last year in the final of the Bob90 Super Cup.
March 7 is the provisional date set for the start of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) after the league’s annual general meeting to be held on Sunday.
PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said the final can go ahead as March 7 for them is just a provisional date.
However, although confirming travelling to Malawi, Caps United’s spokesperson Joyce Kapota yesterday said that the trip is yet to be sanctioned by Zifa.
Charles Mabika, one of the organisers of the Bob91 Super Cup said what has been communicated to them is that Caps United will be sending a developmental side to Malawi and their full-strength team, will take part in the local competition, held to celebrate the birthday of President Robert Mugabe.
“We are going to have three teams taking part with Dynamos already in the final by virtue of being the holders and the semi-final will be played at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday between Caps United and Highlanders. I’m told they (Caps) are sending their developmental side to Malawi and the full strength team will be taking part in the Bob91 Super Cup,” Mabika said.
Earlier, Kapota had said: “We have not been cleared by Zifa for the tournament in Malawi, but we are hoping to travel on Friday and play on Tuesday. What we have heard from the rumour mill is that we are playing Highlanders in the Bob 91 Super Cup, but we have not received any official communication.”
On the other hand, Highlanders yesterday said they have told the organisers of the Bob91 Super Cup that they had made earlier arrangements to travel to Beitbridge at the weekend and they are not taking part in the tournament.
“No! We are not taking part in that tournament. I talked to Stan Kasukuwere (chairman of the Bob Super Cup) and told him that we had already made arrangements to travel to Beitbridge,” Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said yesterday. Earlier in the day, Kasukuwere had confirmed the tournament saying they had planned for the semi-final to be played in Hwange, but due to financial constraints, they have moved it to Bulawayo. Mabika said the prize-money will be released in due course.
But Highlanders, seeing this is more of a political game than anything else, could still be forced to play Caps on Sunday.