Confusion over Bob 91 Super Cup

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ORGANISERS of the Bob 91 Super Cup say Highlanders and Caps United will meet in the semi-final of the tournament at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday while the Green Machine are supposed to leave on Friday for the Zambezi Cup tournament in Malawi.

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Highlanders have said they will not take part in the tournament as they had already made arrangements to travel to Beitbridge.

Dynamos are in the final slated for March 7 in Harare by virtue of being holders after beating Highlanders 2-0 last year in the Bob 90.

March 7 is the provisional date set for the start of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) after the league’s annual general meeting to be held on Sunday.

PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said the final could go ahead as March 7 for them was just a provisional date.

However, although confirming travelling to Malawi, Caps United’s spokesperson and community relations manager Joyce Kapota yesterday said the trip was yet to be sanctioned by Zifa.

Charles Mabika, one of the organisers of the Bob 91 Super Cup said what had been communicated to them was that Caps United would be sending a developmental side to Malawi and their full-strength team would take part in the local competition, held to celebrate the birthday of President Robert Mugabe.

“We are going to have three teams taking part with Dynamos already in the final by virtue of being the defending champions,” he said.

“The semi-final will be played at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday between Caps United and Highlanders. I’m told they (Caps) are sending their developmental side to Malawi and the full-strength team will be taking part in the Bob 91 Super Cup.”

Earlier, Kapota had said: “We have not been cleared by Zifa for the tournament in Malawi, but we are hoping to travel on Friday and play on Tuesday. What we have heard from the rumour mill is that we are playing Highlanders in the Bob 91 Super Cup, but we have not received any official communication.”

Highlanders yesterday said they had told the organisers of the Bob 91 Super Cup that they had made earlier arrangements to travel to Beitbridge at the weekend and they would not be taking part in the tournament.

“No! We are not taking part in that tournament; I spoke to Stan Kasukuwere (chairman of the Bob Super Cup) and told him that we had already made arrangements to travel to Beitbridge,” Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said yesterday.

Earlier in the day, Kasukuwere had confirmed the tournament saying they had planned for the semi-final to be played in Hwange, but due to financial constraints, they had moved it to Bulawayo. Mabika said the prize-money would be announced in due course.

But Highlanders could be forced to play Caps on Sunday.