Chibuku quar­ter-fi­nals draw date set

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

EIGHT teams will go into the hat for the Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nals draw at the Vil­lage Lodge in Gweru on Tues­day morn­ing next week.

Ac­cord­ing to Premier Soc­cer League com­mu­ni­ca­tions and me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Kudzai Bare, the draw will take place at 11:30AM.

The eight teams that will go into the hat are FC Plat­inum, Tsholot­sho, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Harare City, Ngezi Plat­inum, ZPC Kariba, High­landers, Tri­an­gle and How Mine.

FC Plat­inum, in­au­gu­ral win­ners of the cup in 2014, dumped out fel­low Mid­lan­ders Cha­pungu with a 2-0 vic­tory, while Tsholot­sho pro­duced a giant killing act that felled for­mer Cup Kings Caps United 5-4 on penal­ties after the two sides dead­locked 0-0 in reg­u­la­tion time.

Harare City emerged 4-0 win­ners over Bor­der Strik­ers, send­ing a clear warn­ing that they in­tend to de­fend the sil­ver­ware.

Ngezi Plat­inum won 3-1 against fel­low min­ers Hwange, while High­landers emerged 2-1 vic­tors over a stub­born Mutare City Rovers.

Tri­an­gle United beat Chicken Inn 1-0, while How Mine left the cap­i­tal Harare in dead si­lence fol­low­ing a 5-4 penalty vic­tory over Dy­namos.

The two sides had played to a goal­less draw after 90 min­utes.

The quar­ter-fi­nals will be played over the week­end of Septem­ber 30 to Oc­to­ber 2.

The venues are yet to be con­firmed, but in­di­ca­tions are that teams that will come out of the hat first will have home ad­van­tage, al­though the spon­sors might want to have a say.

The semi-fi­nals have been slot­ted for the week­end of Oc­to­ber 21-23 and the grand fi­nal will be on Novem­ber 5.

As it was in the first round, stale­mates after 90 min­utes will be de­cided by the dreaded penalty shootout, with only the fi­nal set to have ex­tra time.

Win­ners of the cup will get $75 000 and a ticket to rep­re­sent Zim­babwe in next year’s Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup. — @skhu­moyo2000.

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