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Highlanders, Chicken Inn clash in EasyCall Cup final
11/12/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

IT’S THE season finale!

IT has been long in the brewing pot and finally, the last game of the 2015 football jamboree is on this Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium.

And just how fitting it is that the newly crowned Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Chicken Inn will be playing in the Easycall Cup final against town rivals and big brother Highlanders, both at the venue they call home, Barbourfields.

Besides being a final, the city bragging rights are at stake. Winners take home $80,000 and the runners up will bank $50,000.

It has been a roller coaster year for Bosso, one in which they managed two wins in cup competitions over perennial rivals Dynamos.

First it was the ZNA Commander’s Charity Shield final in Harare where they won 1-0 before knocking them out of the Easycall Cup last Sunday with a tantalising 2-1 win at Barbourfields.

They fired coach, Bongani Mafu, after 21 weeks and hired former players Amin Soma Phiri and Cosmas Zulu to steer the ship until the end of the season and they finished in a respectable sixth position.

Star player Knox Mutizwa won the Golden Boot Award with 14 goals in 17 starts after missing nine matches due to an injury and was also named the third best player in Zimbabwe in the Soccer Star of the Year awards list.

He has earned a trial period at South African side Bidvest Wits and was set to arrive on Friday afternoon for the epic Sunday final.

Mutizwa threat

And this is the man that Chicken Inn coach and coach of the year Joey Antipas believes they must contain in order to stand a chance of winning a league and cup double.

“We don’t normally do this (paying attention to one player), but we have to in this final. We have to contain him, he is dangerous and every defender knows that.

“If we take him out of the game, possibly by cutting the supplying lines in midfield, then we can have a chance to win the game.

“Obadiah (Tarumbwa) is also not playing in this match, so it’s okay for us but Highlanders have been playing well of late,” Antipas said.

Tarumbwa is suspended together with Erick Mudzingwa. Tarumbwa got his second yellow card following last Sunday’s fracas at Barbourfields against Dynamos after ‘rowdy’ Rodreck Mutuma Mutuma had kicked and spit on Ralph Matema.


In Tarumbwa’s absence, Mutizwa will be partnered by Matema upfront while Mudzinwa could be replaced by Young Warriors international Teenage Hadebe.

Highlanders stunned highly favoured FC Platinum 1-0 in the quarterfinals before dispatching Dynamos in the semis.

Bosso happy underdogs

Chicken Inn knocked out ZPC Kariba 4-3 on penalties before making light work of Caps United 3-0 in the semis.

Zulu said they would go into Sunday’s match as underdogs and the GameCocks would be under pressure for a double being the league champions.

“It is really good because we go into that game as underdogs. We will go there and play our normal game. It is them (Chicken Inn) who are under pressure. They want a double and we just want the trophy,” he said.

Key for the Gamecocks is Soccer Star of the Year Danny ‘Deco’ Phiri, veteran striker Clemence Matawu, who at the age of 33, is showing no signs of slowing down, goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze and Devine Lunga.

Chipezeze has delighted in playing mind games with players, pretending to be planting some juju on his goalposts before a match, throwing the opposition strikers into disarray.

One such team that was caught napping was Caps United in the semi-finals last Saturday when they ambushed Chipezeze’s goal-line to search for some needles.

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