CHIBUKU STILL SUPER
4 October 2017
CHIBUKU Super Cup sponsors are not worried about the early exit of the big guns before the quarter-final stage set for this weekend.
Dynamos and Highlanders who have a big fan base in the country were knocked out in the first round along with FC Platinum and holders Ngezi Platinum Stars.
This somehow took away the gloss from the country’s biggest knockout tournament, and attendance upto the final now expected to be low.
However, speaking to H-Metro at the quarter finals draw which was held in the capital yesterday, Chibuku brand manager Karen Dhliwayo said there are no small teams in the domestic league.
“The Chibuku Super since it’s re-introduction in 2014 has been always exciting. I think we have seen the emergence of some big sportsmen and new teams who are doing well,” said Dhliwayo.
Dhliwayo said this is a blessing in disguise for other teams to boost their confidence and grow in character to compete for the title.
“We have teams such as Harare City who won the tournament in 2015, many realised their potential after that.
“We also had Ngezi Platinum Stars (now title favourites) who took us to an exciting final in Mhondoro which they went on to win in 2016. It was never expected of them, their first appearance in the league I think, so I think that factor won’t affect anything,” she said.
She said the matches will be staggered in different parts of the club in consultation with the PSL.
“In terms of spectator turnout we look forward to see fans coming to support their teams and that’s an opportunity for them to grow in terms of fan base and exposure by participating in big tournaments such as Chibuku Super Cup.
“In terms where the matches we want to ensure that we cut across or different cities where we have good stadiums. We are assuring our consumers in various parts of the country that they are going to see their teams in action.
“We will be guided by our technical partners PSL,” she said.
Shabanie Mine have been drawn against CAPS United while Chapungu play How Mine.
Black Rhinos face Harare City while Bulawayo City will play either Chicken Inn or Yadah who are waiting for the verdict for their abandoned match.
CAPS United are optimistic they can get the better of inform Shabanie Mine.
Chief executive Cuthbert Chitima said they have what it takes to stand their ground.
“I have always said there is no small team when it comes to cup games, but as Caps United just as I alluded to earlier on at the last draw, this is supposed to be our year,” he said.
CAPS United are now favourites to win the cup.
“We came back as Cup Kings, so we are looking forward to that match. We want to win this particular cup.
“The beauty about CAPS United is that when we get into difficult situations, we come out clean so for me it is good that we know how to turn the negative to our advantage.
“I know when it becomes difficult; the boys will rise and come up with a win,” he said.