Dynamos, Highlanders clash in Battle of Zimbabwe

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Two of Zimbabwe’s biggest clubs Dynamos and Highlanders lock horns in the President’s Independence Trophy, marking the return of domestic football after over a year.

The much-anticipated tie, which is part of the country’s 41st Independence Celebrations, is set for the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday afternoon at 15h00.

There will be a lot at stake with the winners set to pocket US$20 000 while the runners up have US$15 000 in store for them.

Sadly, the two giants, with the biggest following in Zimbabwe, will have to slug it out without fans at the stadium due to Covid-19 regulations.

Bulawayo-based Highlanders coach, Mandla Mpofu, said despite the minimal preparation time they had, they were going all out for a win. Highlanders only started training last Sunday after meeting the Covid-19 requirements.

“It wasn’t the preparation I wanted as a coach, whatever we did during the course of the week was to make sure that we play and finish the match. Our approach is a little bit cautious, but we want to go out there, play and win.

“Our players are not fully fit, we haven’t done much to prepare our players, we need six to eight weeks to prepare. We just hope for the best, we pray that there are not threatening injuries,’’ Mpofu said.

The good news for both coaches is that they will be allowed to make up to five substitutions during the match.

Highlanders boasts of talents like national team goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda, former Simba SC defender Peter Muduhwa and former Young Warriors striker Keith Tafadzwa Mavunga. Their bitter rivals Dynamos have former Tuks defender Patson Jaure in their books.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (PSL) is set to meet on April 30 to discuss the timing of the resumption of the 2021 league season. PSL chairperson Farai Jere confirmed that topflight league clubs would meet at the end of the month where they will decide how the league will run.

As Zimbabwe brings back the game, a tournament involving all topflight teams will be played next month. Teams will be divided into four groups playing in four cities – Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Zvishavane.

“We are aware people want to know when the league will start. We will be meeting on April 30 where that issue will be one of the main items to be discussed. The proposed cluster competition will be used as pre-season, so the final decision on the league will come out of that meeting,” Jere said.

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By FARPost Reporter

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