Chibuku quar­ter-fi­nal draw to­day

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THERE will be no seeds when eight teams that made it to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Chibuku Su­per Cup go into the pot to­day to de­cide the fix­tures to be played this week­end. The draw will take place this morn­ing in Gweru. Ac­cord­ing to the draw pro­ce­dure, “teams shall be paired by draw­ing of lots. The first four teams to be picked shall play their quar­ter-fi­nal fix­ture at their pre­ferred home sta­dium.”

Pre­mier Soc­cer League Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Li­ai­son of­fi­cer Kudzai Bare said the first team to be drawn will host the fifth team, the sec­ond team drawn will play the sixth team while the third team drawn date the sev­enth team.

The fourth team drawn will be at home against the last team in the pot.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Harare City, who were the big­gest win­ners in the first round fol­low­ing a 4-0 drub­bing of Bor­der Strik­ers will be hop­ing to avoid gi­ants such as High­landers and FC Plat­inum.

Yes­ter­day, Harare City beat Tsholot­sho, whom they could meet in the quar­ter-fi­nals, 2-0 in a league match at Lu­veve.

New­boys Ngezi Plat­inum Stars booked their place cour­tesy of a com­pre­hen­sive 3-1 win over Hwange in the first round.

Gi­ants Dy­namos and Caps United crashed out at the first hur­dle. Log lead­ers FC Plat­inum and High­landers will be hop­ing to main­tain their quest for a league and cup dou­ble.

FC Plat­inum started brightly by dis­miss­ing

Cha­pungu 2-0 at Man­dava.

High­landers beat Mutare City 2-1 at Bar­bour­fields and their coach Erol Ak­bay yes­ter­day said he was com­fort­able fac­ing any op­po­nent in the last eight.

“If we are given FC Plat­inum or any other team, so be it. We won’t have much of a choice but to win that match. Any­thing can hap­pen in foot­ball. It’s pos­si­ble for us to fin­ish the sea­son on a dou­ble,” said Ak­bay.

The Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nals will be played this week­end while the semi-fi­nals have been pen­cilled for the week­end of Oc­to­ber 21-23. The fi­nal match takes place on Novem­ber 5. Win­ners of the tour­na­ment will pocket $75 000 and grab the ticket to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup next year.

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