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Highlanders, How Mine Clash in $1 Million Mbada Diamond Cup

  • Michael Kariati

The Bulawayo teams are likely to settle the match in regulation time as has happened in their two league encounters in which How Mine have prevailed over Highlanders. (File Photo)

The Bulawayo teams are likely to settle the match in regulation time as has happened in their two league encounters in which How Mine have prevailed over Highlanders. (File Photo)

The 2013 Zimbabwe soccer calendar comes to an end Saturday at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo where Highlanders and How Mine clash in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final.

Many people are wondering which team will take the $130,000 trophy after Dynamos.

The Harare giants have won the tournament since its inauguration two years ago but a new winner will be engraved on the trophy after the end of the 90 minutes Saturday.

Why 90 minutes? The Bulawayo teams are likely to settle the match in regulation time as has happened in their two league encounters in which How Mine have prevailed over Highlanders.

Although this is a new game, How Mine coach Philani Ncube thinks his teams has already won and has declared war on a Highlanders outfit that has been performing well in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

The sponsors have been happy with the attendances so far in the wake of the $1 gate charges. Mbada Diamonds Corporate Services executive, George Manyaya, says they will stick to the $1 charge in the turnstiles.

An excited Highlanders supporter, Agrippa Nyoni, says they are going to win the trophy.

Although it is difficult to pick an outright winner, statistics point to a How Mine win but current form favours Highlanders.

The winners of the Mbada Diamonds Cup will receive the highest prize money in Zimbabwean football of $130,000. The league champions Dynamos received $70,000.
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