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Can a "Minnow" Swallow "Leviathan"?

In the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, small clubs hope to send the giants crashing out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
Small teams in Zimbabwe’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League are threatening to send the giants crashing out of the $1 million Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Increasingly, Zimbabwean soccer minors believe there are no more “small teams” in the country’s top soccer league, as they take on formidable teams like Highlanders and Dynamos in the quarter finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, with hopes they can tear the form book to shreds.

The small teams threaten to pull the curtains down on the giants’ aspirations of picking up the $130,000 on offer for the winners with Chicken Inn, who meet Caps United at Ascot Stadium in Gweru on Saturday, saying the so-called “Green Machine” will “bite the dust.”

The Bulawayo club’s Mlungisi Moyo, a committee member, says he has no doubt that these small teams will overpower Zimbabwe’s soccer giants.

Meanwhile, the Buffaloes are happy playing Highlanders at the neutral Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo. Club secretary Tendayi Chitowa says this will give the club an advantage over the Bulawayo giants.

But Bosso are banking on their 12th player on the terraces with committee member Mixen Mpofu calling on fans to flock to the stadium in large numbers.

The other quarter final match is at Dubuladzimu Stadium in Beitbridge, where Harare City face long-term premiership campaigners Hwange.

The local Shine City Boys’ coach Bigboy Mawiwi says there will be “fireworks” in the border town.

However, the leviathans of Zimbabwean football think the minnows are daydreaming.

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa says his club will demolish minnows How Mine.

The defending champions are hoping for a third successive Mbada Diamonds Cup title and hold the original trophy.

In response to the threat posed by Chicken Inn, Caps United executive committee member Morton Dodzo says they are not going to change their system of play against the Bulawayo boys.

While the winners will proceed to the semi-finals where they are guaranteed $45,000, the quarter final losers will still receive $30,000 each.

The draw for the semi-finals will be conducted in Harare on Friday, October 18th.