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DYNAMOS and CAPS United will clash for the first time this season when they meet in the Commander Zimbabwe National Army’s Charities Soccer Shield semi-final at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday. With the Premier Soccer League on a break, due to the national team commitments, the league fathers have sanctioned the matches which are meant to raise funds for the army charities.

Highlanders will host FC Platinum at Barbourfields in the other semi-final.

The two winners from the weekend’s matches will then meet in the final on a date to be aised by the PSL, who have a congested league programme.

Usually, the event features teams from the defence forces but this year the organisers, the ZNA, have decided to make the event bigger by roping in the top Premiership sides.

Last year, the tournament featured Black Rhinos and CAPS United and another clash saw Black Rhinos taking on Highlanders in Bulawayo.

But yesterday, tournament spokesperson Alphios Makotore said they have improved the competition and included the teams which are perceived the giants of domestic football.

“We have sort of improved it whereby we are going to have qualifying matches which would be played this weekend,” said Makotore.

“The winners would then play at a date to be aised by the Premier League.

“Last year, we used one army team but there are no army teams this year. We are basically fund-raising so DeMbare are crowd pullers as well as CAPS United and the National Sports Stadium is home ground to both teams.

“With that in mind, and the historical background between the two teams, it’s going to be a sort of a battle for the control of Harare and also bragging rights for the National Sports Stadium.

“Highlanders is a crowd puller at Barbourfields and FC Platinum is in Zvishavane but they are both from the Southern Region and Bulawayo is a place they feel they should conquer.

“However, the army teams have not been entirely left out so Buffaloes and Black Rhinos will battle it out in Mutare.”

The Commander ZNA Charities fund-raising activities began in 1997 with the Charity Race but has now branched into soccer, dinner dances and golf.

“We have broadened. The money is then distributed at once by the Commander to different charities,” said Makotore.

“We are under sanctions so if we don’t assist ourselves as Zimbabweans no one will come and assist us.” The proceeds from the matches will go to five charities — the ZNA Schools Welfare Trust Fund, which cater for various schools under army, ZNA Patients Welfare Fund, which provides assistance and welfare to members admitted in hospitals, Tsanga Lodge Convalescent Centre, ZNA Benevolent Fund and the ZNA Widows and Orphans Fund.

The weekend’s match at the National Sports Stadium will give fans in the capital their first glimpse of the Harare Derby.

Interestingly, CAPS United now lead bitter rivals Dynamos on the league standings after their win over Rhinos while the Glamour Boys were held to a goalless draw by Shabanie Mine.

Only one point separate the two teams.

Dynamos and CAPS United, the capital’s two biggest football teams, will not meet in the Castle Lager Premiership until Week 15 in back-to-back matches.

CAPS United are likely to be missing the duo of Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzayi while the quartet of Dynamos goalkeeper George Chigova, Partson Jaure, Stephen Alimenda and Sydney Linyama are also part of the Warriors, which will begin training this morning in the capital.

Highlanders are also likely to be missing ‘keeper Tichaona Diya, Kuda Mahachi, Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube.


Sunday: Dynamos v CAPS United (National Sports Stadium), Highlanders v FC Platinum (Barbourfields).

Source : The Herald