Chibuku quarter-final draw today
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.