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PSL Teams Clash in $1 Million Mbada Diamonds Cup

  • Michael Kariati

Caps United Football Club players celebrate after beating Highlanders recently (Courtesy Photo)

Caps United Football Club players celebrate after beating Highlanders recently (Courtesy Photo)

The $1 million Mbada Diamonds Cup roars into life in Zimbabwe this weekend.

The pick of the crop is the match at Sakubva Stadium on Saturday between Harare giants Caps United and bitter rivals, Motor Action. Fans will pay only $1.00 to watch matches scattered all over the country in the prestigious tournament.

This follows the agreement reached between the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League and the tournament’s sponsors. The two parties agreed to slash gate entry fees from the normal $3.00 that fans pay to watch premiership action.

Mbada Diamonds corporate services director George Manyaya says his company is happy to be footing the bill for both the teams and the fans.

That aside, Motor Action director Lizzy Rosen says soccer fans should expect fireworks.

Rosen says people should dismiss the bottom-placed team on the PSL league on their own peril.

However, defending champions Dynamos want to make it three in a row.
After winning the tournament in 2011 and 2012, chairman Kenny Mubaiwa thinks the trophy is theirs for keeps.

Dynamos play Tripple B at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle on Sunday.

The other matches lined up will see a double header at Barborufields Stadium on Sunday where Black Rhinos will play in a curtain raiser against How Mine before Highlanders take to the field against Triangle.

At Mandava Stadium also on Saturday, Chicken Inn will take on BancABC Sup8r winners Shabanie Mine.

The winners of the Mbada Diamonds Cup will represent Zimbabwe in the CAF Confederation Cup and will have an extra $100,000 for their Pan-African club participation in addition to the $130,000 prize money.
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