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Soccer giants clash in Uhuru Cup semis

13/04/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S football giants have been hand-picked to play in the semi-finals of the Independence trophy on Sunday with Dynamos facing city rivals Caps United at the National Sports Stadium while Bulawayo giants Highlanders take on FC Platinum at Barbourfields.

The final, organised to celebrate Zimbabwe's 37 years of Independence, has been set for the National Sports Stadium next Tuesday.

Dynamos, still to register a win in two league matches after a defeat to FC Platinum in the opening match and a draw away to Triangle on Sunday are expected to field a strong side against the Green Machine as they seek to identify areas of weaknesses ahead of their next league clash against army side Black Rhinos.

And Highlanders, who won their opening match of the season against Bulawayo City before being shocked 1-0 by Premiership new boys Shabanie Mine will also be looking to address some grey areas against FC Platinum at Barbourfields.

The organizers of the tournament however, overlooked defending champions Chicken Inn despite finishing in the top four in the league last season choosing Dynamos instead who finished the campaign in a disappointing fifth position.

Caps United won the championship with FC Platinum coming second and Highlanders third. But it is the Gamecocks who will hard done by the tournament organisers.

Chicken Inn beat Highlanders 2-1 in the Uhuru Cup final at the National Sports Stadium in Harare last year to lift their first silverware of the season.

Bosso had taken the lead through a Bruce Kangwa strike but Chicken Inn levelled matters six minutes later through an Obadiah Tarumbwa header from a corner kick.

After the breather, the Gamecocks came back a more rejuvenated side and Michelle Katsvairo now based in South Africa smashed a screamer which beat Ariel Sibanda in goals for Bosso.


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