It’s a football treat for Harare football fans this weekend as the Chibuku Super Cup quarter finals come to town with double headers on Saturday and Sunday at the National Sports Stadium.
Sports fans will be spoilt for choice as on the other hand top marathon runners will battle for huge financial pickings in races at the weekend.
In the first match at the national sports stadium, Chapungu take on log leaders Chicken in the first of the Chibuku Super Cup quarter finals.
This will be followed by Triangle against Harare City as soccer fans watch two games for the price of one.
Harare City coach Taurayi Mangwiro has apologized to his team’s fans following Wednesday surprise 2-0 defeat at the hands of ZPC Kariba and is hoping for a better show against the Sugar Sugar boys.
“Apologies to the Harare City family for the dismal show – let’s look forward to a better outing on Saturday against Triangle,” said Mangwiro.
On Sunday, ZPC Kariba take on How Mine; followed by the big one between FC Platinum and Dynamos.
The two teams met in a league game last weekend and Dynamos were beaten 3-1. However, Dembare coach Tonderayi Ndiraya is not talking about revenge but is expecting an exciting game.
“I hope the fans will have an exciting afternoon,” said Ndiraya.
The Premier Soccer League teams are racing against time to end the tournament by October 31 as planned.
PSL’s Rodwell Thabe could not confirm whether the semi-finals would also take a double header format but tells us when the final would be staged.
“The semis should be played somewhere around the time of the 3rd to the 4th of October and the big one should be played on the 31st of October,” said Thabe.
Football, however, is not the only sporting star attraction over the weekend.
The cream of Zimbabwe’s marathon runners will also be on display Sunday morning in the Westgate half marathon which will be run over 21 kilometres.
The race has attracted the who-is-who in marathon running in the country due to the $3,000 on offer for the first runners home in both
Categories - the male and female.
Jacob Mugomeri of Rimuka Athletics Club is the defending champion but is expected to face stiff challenge from 2016 Olympic Games bound Wirimayi Juwao and Cuthbert Nyasango.
Also expected on the course is 2013 winner Kelvin Pangiso as well as Lewis Masunda, Edmore Sibanda and Jonathan Chinyoka.
The women’s section will be led by defending champion Rutendo Nyahora who is coming all the way from South Africa.
Constance Nyasango is also arriving from Congo after taking part in the Africa Games to fight for the top $3 000.
The other strong challenge for Nyahora is likely to come from Faith Nyasango, Sharon Tawengwa, Tabitha Tsatsa and the season
The runners-up in both categories will receive $1 500 and $1 000 respectively.
Tomorrow, the curtain comes down on the Africa Games in what has not been a good show for Zimbabwe
The southern Africans could only manage a paltry seven medals—three golds and four bronze medals.
The top countries at the games, Egypt and South Africa, had more than 110 medals each to their total medal haul.