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EasyCall semis: Dynamos face Highlanders

24/11/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

It’s the final before the final!

GIANTS Dynamos and Highlanders were drawn against each other in the 2015 EasyCall Cup semi-finals on Tuesday to set up their fifth meeting of the year.

The other semi-final will see newly crowned Castle Lager Premiership champions Chicken Inn take on Caps United.

Both matches will be played at Barbourfields Stadium on the weekend of December 5-6 - the first time that Bulawayo will play host to the competition.

The matches will be screened live on SuperSport.

From the eight that started the competition, none has won a major cup this year with Dynamos claiming the Bob91 Super Cup and Highlanders winning the ZNA Commanders Charity Shield.

FC Platinum bagged the Independence Trophy and this represents a big chance for them to win something tangible.

Dynamos knocked out How Mine 1-0, Highlanders stunned FC Platinum by the same margin, Caps United thrashed Hwange 3-1 while Chicken Inn edged ZPC Kariba 4-3 on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 in regulation time to reach the last four.

A league and cup double now awaits the Gamecocks and coach, Joey Antipas, will certainly be going for the jugular against a red hot Caps United.

The draw ... PSL's Elisha Mandivenga and Loveness Govera from EasyCall on Tuesday

Late Bosso charge

On the other hand, Highlanders have hit a rich vein of form, rising from 11th spot to sixth on the back of an unbeaten five match streak and will be hoping to end the season with a second piece of silverware to atone for a rather disappointing season.

Like Dynamos, Bosso have an interim coach in charge in Amin Soma Phiri after Bongani Mafu was fired for poor results. At Dynamos, Tonderayi Ndiraya replaced David Mandigora, who was also booted out for poor results.

Caps United started the season with Mark Harrison before Mark Mathe took over. Mathe is now assistant to Lloyd Chitembwe.

For their part, Chicken Inn have not changed their coach in two seasons.

Winners set to pocket $80,000, runners up $50,000, while losing finalists get $30,000. Losing quarter-finalists will get $20,000 each.


Dynamos beat Highlanders 3-2 in the first league match of the season in Harare before the two teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture at Barbourfields.

They also met twice in low key cup competitions, with Dynamos claiming the Bob 91 Super Cup while Highlanders won the ZNA Commander’s Charity Shield.

Both cup games were played in Harare and this represents an opportunity for Bosso to play at home against their traditional rivals for the first time in almost eight years.

The last ‘serious’ cup match between the two at BF was the CBZ Cup final which Dynamos won.

Semi-final draw: Dynamos vs Caps United, Chicken Inn vs Highlanders

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