SHREWED How Mine and Harare City gaffers Kelvin Kaindu and Philani “Beefy” Ncube have respectively proved to be thirsty for the Chibuku Super sip!
The gold miners meet City in a Chibuku Super Cup final match whose winners will represent the country at next year’s Caf Confederations Cup.
The cup contest, which will be played at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday, also comes with a ticket to play against a club that will be crowned Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions in a match that is meant to celebrate PSL’s 25th anniversary.
“We have prepared very well for the cup final and we are looking forward to it,” said Kaindu.
The cup tie presents Kaindu with a chance of winning his second major cup in Zimbabwe. He won the 2013 Mbada Diamonds Cup with Highlanders after interestingly thumping How Mine 3-0. The gold miners were then under the guidance of Beefy.
“I’m going to be meeting Kaindu for the second time in a major cup final. He is a very good coach but we will give How Mine a good run for their money,” said Beefy whose charges head into the match as favourites as they will be making a third appearance in the Chibuku Super Cup since its return in 2014.
On their way to the final, Tinashe Makanda scored a brace as How Mine beat Shabanie Mine 3-1 to set a Chibuku Super Cup final date against Harare City, who had accounted for Bulawayo City 1-0 in the other semi-final played at Barbourfields Stadium.
A final between How Mine and Harare City has the potential to thrill fans and could at least placate some neutrals who had been disappointed at the exit of virtually all of the league’s big guns in earlier rounds.
How Mine forward Kuda Musharu punished a hesitant Shabanie defence with the opener in the first minute as Kaindu’s team exhibited some exciting attacking football against opponents who struggled to live up to their new-found status as the league’s giant killers.
And any hopes of a second-half revival by Shabanie were ruthlessly dashed as 23-year-old Makanda netted twice inside ten minutes to put the contest to bed.
Bruno Mtigo then scored Shabanie’s consolation on the stroke of full-time as How Mine proceeded to the final to meet Harare City, for whom Martin Vengesai’s first-half strike was enough to see off Bulawayo City.
Although Harare City have struggled to stay clear of the relegation zone this term, they still possess a decent squad capable of producing some exciting football, and fans can look ahead to a competitive final despite the absence of the league’s traditional big teams.
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League has announced the gate charges for the 2017 Chibuku Super Cup Final.
The entry charges for the rest of the ground have been pegged at $2 while the upper grand stand will cost $3 and $5 will be for lower grand stand.
VIP and VVIP is strictly by invitation.
Rest of Ground: $2
Upper Grand Stand: $3
Lower Grand Stand: $5
VIP and VVIP: By Invitation