Independence Cup 2016: Bosso to meet Chicken Inn as Dynamos and FC Platinum booted out

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INFORM Chicken Inn completed a double against rivals Dynamos edging them 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Independence trophy at Rufaro on Saturday to set up a final against city rivals Highlanders at the National Sports a Stadium Monday.
Bosso triumphed 3-1 on penalties over FC Platinum in another semi-final at Mandava after the two teams had been tied 1-1 in regulation time. FC Platinum had scored through Ishmael Wade while Benson Phiri was on target for Bosso.
But it is the Chicken Inn versus DeMbare match that remained the major talking point as it is the second time that Dynamos have lost to the Gamecocks this season under Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva.
The Harare giants were handed a harsh football lesson in a 3-0 defeat in a Castle Larger Premiership opener. They were also beaten by a similar score-line in a league match last season.
And on Saturday, they were knocked out of the Independence trophy with Mitchell Katsvairo scoring the only goal of the match that counted for them to earn the right to play in the final.
It did not matter that Chicken Inn were severely depleted as they were missing three of their key players who include skipper Danny “Deco” Phiri, forward Tafadzwa Kutinyu and Moses Demera.
The trio were invited for trials by South African Premiership side Golden Arrows last week. While their victory showed they have depth, pressure continues to grow for Dynamos coach Silva who is yet to win a single match in four competitive matches.
Silva had a fall out with goalkeepers’ coach Gift Muzadzi whom he accuses of sabotaging the team. He was given freedom to fire him by the club leadership if he genuinely believed he was responsible for the team’s stuttering form.
Muzadzi however was not on the bench on Saturday as he has been attending a Caf C licence course in Mutare.
The Portuguese mentor looked dejected and downcast after the match. He refused to talk to reporters afterwards.Advertisement