Chibuku Su­per Cup fi­esta for Zvish

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

A FOOT­BALL fi­esta is on the cards for Zvisha­vane when four Premier­ship teams Bantu Rovers, Hwange, Tsholot­sho FC and Yadah FC bat­tle it out in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the Chibuku Su­per Cup at Man­dava Sta­dium to­mor­row.

The dou­ble header will see Hwange and Yadah tak­ing to the field first in a 1PM kick-off fol­lowed by the Bantu Rovers and Tsholot­sho en­counter.

Win­ners of the two games will join the top 14 league teams for the first round that kicks off next week.

Rovers are go­ing into the game as un­der­dogs, with team man­ager Agent Sawu say­ing they would rest all their reg­u­lar play­ers and use Un­der-20 play­ers, in­clud­ing two 15-year-olds that they reg­is­tered dur­ing the mid-sea­son break.

“We’re a club that be­lieves in af­ford­ing young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to shine and we be­lieve this is a per­fect mo­ment to give most of th­ese young lads, who are the fu­ture of the club, a dance in the topflight. We will rest all the sea­soned play­ers and al­low those who missed the last game against Caps United (de­fend­ers Du­misani Fazo Ndlovu and Lin­de­lani Ncube) time to re­cover. So, we’re go­ing there as un­der­dogs and with no pres­sure. We want the young­sters to en­joy their game,” said Sawu.

The 15-year olds reg­is­tered by Rovers dur­ing the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow are Sibu­siso Moyo and Nkosi­lasthi Mpofu. They also added 16-year-old mid­fielder Mpumelelo Bhebhe.

Should they get the bet­ter of Tsholot­sho, Rovers will face How Mine, while Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle con­tenders Chicken Inn will face the win­ner of the Hwange-Yadah game.

Win­ners of the tour­na­ment will pocket $75 000 and also get to play against the league win­ners in a Cas­tle Chal­lenge Cup to wrap the PSL’s 25-year cel­e­bra­tions on De­cem­ber 5. — @ZililoR

Bren­dan Tay­lor

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