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Big Soccer Teams Separated in Mbada Diamonds Cup Draw

Former Dynamos utility player Denver Mukamba used to play a big part in such tournaments. (File Photo/Citizen Journalist)
The draw for the quarter finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup has been conducted in Harare this afternoon.

Defending champions Dynamos are hoping to make it three Mbada Diamond Cup titles in a row after being drawn against How Mine in the quarter finals of the tournament following a draw conducted in Harare this afternoon.

Club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa says Dynamos are looking far beyond and a place in the final and another Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Should Mubaiwa’s dream come true, Dynamos will keep the original Mbada Diamonds Cup forever. The rules of the tournament are clear that a team that wins the title for three consecutive times will have the trophy for keeps.

The draw which saw the top four placed teams on the Premier Soccer League table being seeded also saw Bulawayo giants, Highlanders, drawn against Buffaloes.

Buffaloes secretary Tendai Chitove says they will use the league game they have against Highlanders this weekend to assess the team’s strength.

Caps United will play Chicken Inn in a game that has been set for Ascot Stadium in Gweru while Harare City will meet Hwange at the Dubuladzimu Stadium in Beitbridge.

The Mbada Diamonds Cup has drawn a lot of excitement with huge crowds as fans have been happy to pay a dollar to watch the games.

In another development in sport, the curtain comes down on the Lion Lager National League tomorrow with a mouth-watering final between Old Hararians and Old Georgians at Old Hararians Sports Club.

Old Hararians rugby club reached the final after hammering Matabeleland Warriors 47-7 while on their part Old Georgians thumped Harare Sports Club 33-22.

Unlike in other sporting disciplines where the league title winners get the trophy, it is different in rugby. First, the teams compete on a league basis and the top four-placed teams on the table qualify to play in the semi-finals.

When Old Hararians and Old Georgians met in the league stages, the old boys won 28-23 but their coach Grant Mitchell thinks this is another game altogether.

Both teams have been struggling in past editions with Old Hararians last winning the title in 2011 while Old Georgians are even worse having tested league title sweetness way back in 2005.

But after that long wait, one of them will take the title home.