THE Mbada Diamonds Cup final, set for November 30, will be staged at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, organisers confirmed Monday.
Highlanders knocked out Harare City while How Mine stunned Caps United to set up an all-Bulawayo final for the first time in the history of the competition.
The last two editions were staged in Harare as they both had clubs from the capital.
Mbada Diamonds corporate services executive George Manyaya said they want to take the game closer to where the two teams’ fans are hence the decision to have the final played in Bulawayo.
Manyaya says they are happy with the huge crowds that have been attending the Mbada Cup matches due to the one dollar gate charges strategy. He revealed that they will still charge a dollar in the final.
Highlanders beat Harare City 5-3 on penalties in an exciting match at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane on Saturday while How Mine made another giant killing act after a dramatic 4-2 penalty win over Caps United at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The winners of the Mbada Diamonds Cup will take home $130,000. How Mine have already booked a place in the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup as Highlanders, even if they win, are banned for three years after pulling out in 2011.
How Mine will also receive an additional $110,000 for their participation, although club chairman Mlondolozi Nkomo says they will get the go ahead from the owners, Metallon Gold Zimbabwe before making a decision.
“We will stand divided by the decision of our company but we will be happy to play in Africa,” he said.
Deadline for registration of teams for the Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup is November 30. The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League would have ended a week earlier as clubs will play two games each in four days, starting this Wednesday.
Wednesday: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro), Tripple B v Chicken Inn (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Black Mambas (Mandava), Hwange v Buffaloes (Colliery), Caps United v Black Rhinos (National Sports), Harare City v Motor Action (Gwanzura), Highlanders v Triangle United (Barbourfields)
Thursday: Monomotapa Utd v How Mine (Gwanzura)
Saturday: Motor Action FC v Caps United (Rufaro)Advertisement
Sunday: Chicken Inn v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Black Mambas v Tripple B (Morris Deport), How Mine v FC Platinum (Luveve), Buffaloes v Monomotapa Utd (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Hwange (Rimuka), Harare City v Highlanders (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine v Triangle United (Maglas)