$500K CHIBUKU JAMBOREE Teams clash in 1st round 2016 Su­per Cup edi­tion Ma­somere takes over at Bor­der Strik­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter Tu­peyo Mu­leya in Beit­bridge

RE­VENGE and dou­ble will again be the two key words at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day when su­per-charged High­landers host buoy­ant Mutare City in the first round of the 2016 edi­tion of the Chibuku Su­per Cup.

The $500 000 jamboree roars into life on Fri­day with hold­ers Harare City tak­ing on Bor­der Strik­ers at Ru­faro Sta­dium, a match that could seal the Sun­shine Boys’ coach Moses Chunga’s fate with the Harare side. Harare City stunned Dy­namos 2-1 in the fi­nal last year. How­ever, it is the visit by Mutare City that is ea­gerly awaited by Bosso fans as the Mutare side shocked their more il­lus­tri­ous op­po­nents 2-1 in a league match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium last month through goals from Ku­dak­washe Gu­rure and Caleb Masocha. Si­mon Mu­nawa scored Bosso’s con­so­la­tion deep into in­jury time. Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa has al­ready stoked fires ahead of the en­counter by declar­ing that his side was com­ing for a dou­ble. Speak­ing af­ter the draw, Shariwa was quoted by our on­line sports site, Sport­szone.co.zw say­ing that he was com­ing to com­plete a dou­ble over High­landers at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. “It’s a good draw for us be­cause we were pre­pared for any other team but get­ting High­landers was ex­cit­ing for us. Pres­sure is on them al­ready be­cause they would want to avoid an­other em­bar­rass­ment of which we are go­ing to give them. “We are now fight­ing on two fronts, firstly to avoid rel­e­ga­tion and sec­ondly to end the sea­son with some­thing in our tro­phy cab­i­net,” said Shariwa. High­landers will be ea­ger to avert that dis­as­ter and will seek re­venge and progress to the next round as they would not want to dampen their fans’ spir­its af­ter that fa­mous 2-1 win over their big­gest do­mes­tic ri­vals Dy­namos on Sun­day.

In other en­coun­ters, FC Plat­inum, in­au­gu­ral win­ners of the cup in 2014, wel­come Cha­pungu at Man­dava Sta­dium and coach Nor­man Mapeza will look up to the tried and trusted sol­diers like the Moyo twins, Kelvin and Elvis, mid­field gen­eral Win­ston Mhango and one of the most out­stand­ing goal­keep­ers in Zim­babwe in the past three sea­sons, Pet­ros Mhari.

At the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium, Caps United take on Tsholot­sho while ZPC Kariba and Bu­l­awayo City lock horns at Nyamhunga Sta­dium. All the matches are on Saturday while on Sun­day Dy­namos host How Mine at Ru­faro with Tri­an­gle and Chicken Inn com­plet­ing the day’s fix­tures at Gibbo.

Dead­locks af­ter 90 min­utes from the first round up to the semi­fi­nals will be de­cided by penalty kicks while ex­tra time will be the first op­tion to sep­a­rate the teams in the fi­nal be­fore the penalty lotto.

“If the re­sult (first round, quar­ter fi­nal and semi fi­nal) matches at the end of the nor­mal play­ing time is a draw, penalty kicks will be taken to de­ter­mine the win­ner in ac­cor­dance with the pro­ce­dure de­scribed in the Laws of the Game,” reads the Chibuku Su­per Cup rules and reg­u­la­tions Ar­ti­cle 5.3. PREMIER­SHIP side Bor­der Strik­ers have fired coach Never Malunga and his as­sis­tant Hi­lary Muku­ruva and roped in vet­eran gaffer Luke Ma­somere as they try to stay in the top-flight league.

Malunga be­comes the se­cond Bor­der Strik­ers' coach to be fired this year af­ter they also parted ways with Saul Chaminuka.

Club sec­re­tary, Rodlet Chig­winya, con­firmed they had en­gaged Ma­somere who will be as­sisted by Stan­ford Ncube.

“We have de­cided to re­lieve Malunga and Muku­ruva of their du­ties as we seek to re­vi­talise our tech­ni­cal bench," said Chig­winya.

“We have re­placed them with Luke Ma­somere and Stan­ford Ncube who will be in charge of our next game against Harare City at Ru­faro Sta­dium in Harare on Fri­day."

Chig­winya said they were wor­ried with the way the team was los­ing points, es­pe­cially in their away matches.

Vavheneki has only man­aged four wins and one draw. Ma­somere said he was ready for the chal­lenge. “The team is sit­ting in a bad po­si­tion and we need to play as a unit, from the ex­ec­u­tive, fans and the play­ers, with one ob­jec­tive of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion," said Ma­somere.

“The idea is not to ex­pect won­ders from the play­ers or Ma­somere as a coach.

"I feel very chal­lenged to be back on the tech­ni­cal bench and I am very hope­ful that we will de­liver if we all pull in one di­rec­tion."

Luke Ma­somere

Gift Mb­weti

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