CAPS United and Dynamos face a tricky Chibuku Super Cup first round after they were drawn against Tsholotsho and How Mine respectively during the draw conducted in Harare on Monday.
The top eight teams as at match day 15 of the current season were the seeded teams. They will play at home.
These include log leaders FC Platinum, Caps United, Highlanders, Dynamos, ZPC Kariba, Triangle, Ngezi, Platinum Stars and defending champions Harare City.
The first round of the tournament kicks off on September 16.
And Caps United who trail leaders FC Platinum by one point at the top of the table face off – relegation threatened Tsholotsho, while bitter city rivals Dynamos were paired against How Mine with Highlanders taking on Mutare City Rovers.
FC Platinum will take on Chapungu in a potentially explosive midlands derby.
Defending champions Harare City were paired against Premier Soccer League bottom side Border Strikers.
Despite the fact that the Harare giants completed a double over Tsholotsho in the league, Caps United assistant coach Fungai Tostao Kwashi still has got great respect for the Lizwe Sweswe coached side, describing them as a compact side which is difficult to break down.
“It’s a tough draw. Tsholotsho is a well organised team coached by a very intelligent coach Lizwe Sweswe. They are a compact side very disciplined, and difficult to break down. So we expect a tough game. It will not be easy especially with a cup game. With a cup game it is about the team that comes to the party on the given day. League form does not count. The team with the right mind set, the team that runs the most, it’s the hungrier team that will win. So we respect Tsholotsho and all the sixteen teams, we expect a tough battle but will give it our best for the fans, for the board and president Farai Jere,” said Kwashi.
Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro welcomed the draw but predicted a tough encounter against How Mine.
“You know with cup games, it is very tricky. It’s a fair draw but it’s always difficult when it comes to cup games but obviously we are targeting to go as far as the final and even win the cup. Last time we were beaten in the final 2-1 by Harare City and we still have sad memories of that. We determined to make up for the loss,” said Chihoro.Advertisement
FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo said they were looking forward to clash against Chapungu.
“It’s a very interesting pair. For us it’s a Midlands derby and with the nature of a derby it’s very intense. We played against Chapungu in the first half of the season and it was a very emotional game and it will be interesting to play with them in the Chibuku Cup.
“Any cup especially the Chibuku Super Cup for us it’s about the African safari, getting our players exposed. It’s a very important cup to us,” she said.
Moses Chunga predicted a tough match against Border Strikers. He said a team fighting relegation was dangerous and they would need to work hard to advance to the next round.
FC Platinum v Chapungu, Highlanders v Mutare City Rovers, Caps United v Tsholotsho, Dynamos v How Mine, ZPC Kariba v Bulawayo City, Triangle v Chicken Inn, Ngezi Platinum v Hwange, Harare City v Border Strikers