The Sunday News
Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
DESPITE the quarter-final draw for the 2019 Chibuku Super Cup being held on Friday, venues that will host the games are yet to be decided.
Football fans comments on social media revealed that most thought the team drawn first will automatically play at home but Premier Soccer League media liaison officer, Kudzai Bare said venues would be announced in due course. The first round of the knock-out tournament saw teams that were seeded (and drawn first) playing at home.
Bare said while the teams drawn out first will be technically at home, the choice of venues was the prerogative of the PSL in consultation with the sponsors, Delta Beverages.
“Technically those drawn first will be at home but in terms of venues we are going to announce them after consultation with our sponsors. Ultimately the main consideration that will influence the final selection is maximising marketing mileage for the Chibuku brand. Naturally sponsors want to get the most value out of the tournament,” she said.
All matches are set to be played this coming weekend. In the quarter-finals draw held in Harare, Highlanders were pitted against FC Platinum in what is likely to be the most sumptuous game in this segment. Ties between the two sides have always produced enthralling football with the fixture becoming one of the top games that fans look forward to. The two teams’ possession style of play has produced mouth watering encounters and this one is set to be no exception.
Highlanders beat Dynamos 1-0 in the first round in a match played at Rufaro Stadium while FC Platinum booted out Chapungu.
In other matches, 2018 finalists Harare City will lock horns with Triangle United, while ZPC Kariba clash with Manica Diamonds and Black Rhinos are up against Ngezi Platinum Stars. Winners of the Chibuku Super Cup, sponsored to the tune of $1,5 million by Delta Beverages, will represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup.