DYNAMOS, Highlanders, Harare City and FC Platinum will take part in this weekend’s Independence Trophy semi-finals, the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) confirmed yesterday.
The final will be staged in Harare on April 18 with the third-place play-off in Bulawayo on the same day.
PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said they had decided to make the Independence Trophy the opening tournament of the season after realising that as football stakeholders, they had not accorded the tournament the status it deserved.
“We have realised that we have not been giving the Independence Trophy the status it deserved, so we have decided to make it our season opener in recognition and respect of our independence. It will be our first official match of the season. Zimbabwe is turning 34 years and this is worth celebrating. This is a very important cup to all Zimbabweans because it brought us land. We are also looking at taking part of the proceeds to charity,” Ndebele said.
However, Ndebele said the format of the tournament and the venues were still to be finalised.
Dynamos are the defending champions after beating old foes Highlanders 1-0 in the final last year.