THE 2012 edition of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, with an increased purse, was launched in Harare on Friday night with defending champions Dynamos and giants Highlanders kept apart.
This year, the winners will take home $100,000 – up from $75,000 – in addition to a $150,000 subsidy for taking part in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2013.
Speaking at the draw, Mbada corporate services executive George Manyaya said the losing teams in the first round would take him $10,000 each, which will double for the teams dropping out in the last eight with the semi-final losers banking $30,000 each.
The losing finalists will pick up $60,000.
“Each player will get $100 appearance while seven members of the technical team will get $150 each for every match,” Manyaya said.
“The player of the tournament will take home $1,500, the goalkeeper of the tournament $1,000, top goalscorer $1,000, the scorer of the last goal of the tournament $500 and the man of the match $500 for every game.”
The Mbada Diamonds Cup – open to all the Premier League’s 16 teams – is the country’s richest knock-out tournament.
2012 Mbada Diamonds Cup Draw
Black Mambas vs Buffaloes, Caps United vs Motor Action, Hwange vs Shabanie Mine, Harare City vs FC Platinum, Dynamos vs Quelaton, Monomotapa vs Hardbody, Highlanders vs Blue Rangers, Chicken Inn vs Gunners
Match 1: Highlanders/Blue Rangers vs Monomotapa/Hardbody
Match 2: Dynamos/Quelaton vs Chicken Inn/Gunners
Match 3: Buffaloes/Black Mambas vs CAPS United/Motor Action
Match 4: Hwange/Shabanie Mine vs Harare City/FC Platinum
Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 3; Winner Match 2 vs Winner Match 4