Twine Phiri

CHALLENGE CUP SHAKEDOWN

AT a time when the entire nation anxiously awaits the TMA� Pick n Pay Challenge Cup, the richest one-off football match ever played on Zimbabwean soil that will pit Highlanders against Dynamos, 14 Premier Soccer League non-participating teams are said to have each pressed to getA� aA� $5 000 fee.

Bosso and DeMbare will do battle at the National Sports Stadium in a $110 000 TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup onA� 6 September, with winners set to pocket $60 000 and losers $50 000.

The big match will mark the end of the retail chaina��s Big Brands Bargain Bonanza promotion.

a�?Every club believes they should be given equal chances to participate in such lucrative tournaments hence demands to be paid a fee of $5 000 each have been made by the 14 non-participating teams,a�? said a well placed source.

Initially, the PSL board of governors had outlawed challenge matches from being played during the main calendar, only to provide a special dispensation for the TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup after it reportedly emerged that there was a good chance it could be the start of a good and long-term relationship between the countrya��s elite football league and the retail giant.

Contacted for comment PSL chairman Twine Phiri referred all questions to PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.

a�?Talk to our chief executive officer. He is the main man,a�? said Phiri.

However, Ndebele was not reachable by the time of going to print.