By Tawanda Tafirenyika
“#Zimbabwe” HARARE football giants Dynamos were on Monday drawn against bitter foes Highlanders in the first round of this year’s edition of the Chibuku Super Cup.
In other pairings, the first round will see two time winners Harare City, now under the guidance of Lloyd Chitembwe, facing off Caps United, with league champions and former Chibuku Super Cup winners FC Platinum hosting bogey side Chapungu in the Midlands derby.
Defending champions Triangle United face off with Herentals in what on paper looks like an easy fixture.
However, the spot light will be on the Dynamos versus Highlanders clash as the two giants battle for supremacy in this competition.
“We were expecting any outcome from the draw, and it’s us versus Highlanders. It’s now up to the technical team to sharpen their weapons so that they can end up having a positive result.
The target for us will be to beat Highlanders, go all the way and win the trophy. Any team that participate in any competition strive to win the trophy, and we are no exception,” said Dynamos treasurer Webster Marechera who attended the draw ceremony in Harare.
If they can go all the way and win the cup, it would be an extraordinary shift for a team that was in the dumps three matches into the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season, but have revived under Tonderai Ndiraya. The Harare giants are now a genuine dark horse to the title as they are just six points behind log leaders ZPC Kariba.
Ndiraya has, however, constantly rubbished any claims that his team can win the title this season.
Dynamos has of late hit a purple patch where they are unbeaten in the last 10 matches and many would expect them to run over a Highlanders side who are going through a tough period, but Marechera is not looking much into the two team’s current form.
“Cup games are different from league matches, and any outcome can happen. A team that is performing poorly in the league can win a cup match.”
Highlanders are a team in a quandary at the moment, with three defeats and a draw in their last four league matches, a run of results that has left coach Mandla Mpofu’s job in serious doubt.
Asked about the draw, Mpofu said, “It’s a tough one but very exciting. Dynamos have been playing well of late and this match is like a final before the final.”
All 18 league teams will play in the tournament and were drawn as per the log standings after matchday 17.