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Premiership race breaks for weekend's Chibuku semis


Ardent supporter ... A Caps United fan during mid-week game against Black Rhinos

21/10/2017 00:00:00
by Staff Reporters
 
 
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ZIMBABWE’S premiership race takes a break this weekend for two low key Chibuku Super Cup semi-final matches set to be played one after the other at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Interestingly, this year's semis see city fathers from two of the country’s biggest cities clash while the second semi-final will also be a battle between miners.

Harare City will be first to clash with Bulawayo City at 1pm while Shabanie Mine will play How Mine at 3pm.

Harare City, the 2015 champions, have found themselves playing all semi-finals of the same competition since its revamp few years back.

But the decision to stage a double header for a semi-final is a sad anti-climax to a knock-out competition that should ordinarily be peaking at this stage.

All the four teams that have stayed the course do not command any meaningful following in the country.

The big guns of Zimbabwean football all fell by the wayside when they lost their matches during the initial stages of the prestigious competition.

The holders of the Chibuku Super Cup, Ngezi Platinum are also not part of the competition anymore.

The eventual winners of the competition will earn a ticket to represent the country in the CAF Confederations Cup.

Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League was set to hold its 25th anniversary dinner in Harare on Friday night.

A host of administrators past and present were expected to attend the event.

PSL awards abandoned game to Shabanie Mine, Caps United fined


Chibuku Cup agony ... Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe (left)

THE Premier Soccer League has finally released the verdict of the abandoned Chibuku Super Cup quarter final match between Shabanie Mine and Caps United.

The match, which was played at Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane, on October 8 was abandoned in the 65th minute after one of the assistant referees on the day, Thomas Kusosa, was pelted by Caps United after he denied a Caps United equaliser after he flagged Kudzai Nyamufukudza to have been in an offside attack.

One of the missiles hit him above the eye causing a deep cut. The match had to be stopped while he was being attended to by the medical teams from both sides.



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Eventually the match was called off with Shabanie Mine leading by 1 goal to nil courtesy of a first half header from defender William Mapfumo.

On Thursday, eleven days after the incident took place the PSL finally released the ruling.

“Caps United FC have been charged for causing the abandonment of the Chibuku Super Cup Quarter final match between Caps United FC and Shabanie Mine FC played at Maglas Stadium on 8 October 2017.

“The Premier Soccer League Ad hoc Committee has awarded the match to Shabanie Mine FC on a 3-0 scoreline. Further, Caps United were fined a sum of $2000.00,” read the ruling.

Shabanie Mine will now meet How Mine in the semi-final while the other semi-final fixture will be a battle between Bulawayo City and Harare City.

The semi-finals matches are set to be played this weekend, although the match venues are yet to be announced.





 
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