The ‘battle of Zimbabwe’ pitting two of the country’s biggest clubs Dynamos and Highlanders will mark the return of football on Independence Day this month.
For over a year, there has not been any football in Zimbabwe due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ahead of the 18 April Uhuru celebrations, the Government has announced that the country’s two oldest clubs will clash in the President’s Independence Day Trophy.
The development comes just weeks after the Premier Soccer League and the Women’s Soccer League were given the greenlight to resume by the Sports Commission.
However, the match will be played behind closed doors under the Government and World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 prevention, and containment, protocols.
Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, confirmed the development. “Two most popular clubs, Dynamos and Highlanders, will compete for honours in the President’s Independence Day Trophy, under strict WHO protocols and national guidelines, to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” said Mutsvangwa.
ZIFA spokesperson, Xolisani Gwesela, confirmed preparations were already underway, in conjunction with the Sports Commission, for the game.
The Castle Challenge Cup match, between Highlanders and FC Platinum, was the last domestic match played in Zimbabwe, in March, last year.
However, authorities were then forced to freeze all the sporting activities in the country, as part of measures to contain the pandemic.
Zimbabwe gained official independence on 18 April 1980 and will celebrate its 41st independence.