mbada final.jpgThe Mbada Diamond Cup semi-finals roar into life this weekend with Division One bound Zimbabwe Saints needing to prove that they are no push-overs in cup matches.

 

Zimbabwe Saints progressed to the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamond Cup after dismissing another Division One bound outfit, Kiglon 9-8 on penalties.

Zimbabwe Saints will meet the Mighty Bulls, Motor Action at Sakubva Stadium this coming weekend.

The Mighty Bulls booked their place in the semi-final after beating the Tamba Wakaguta Boys, Blue Ribbon Football Club 1-nil at Torwood Stadium in Redcliff.

For success, Zimbabwe Saints will be banking on their trusted veteran players such as Chipo Tsodzo and Tapela Ngwenya who is back after having a spell in the Botswana League.

In another semi-final penciled for Barbourfields Stadium, Harare giants, Dynamos will be locking horns with PSL championship contenders, FC Platinum.

 

The two sides are also in the race for a PSL championship crown, with FC Platinum leading the log standing with 52 points from 27 games and DeMbare are in pursuit with 49 points from the same number of games, but the encounter to focus attention to at the moment is the Mbada Diamond Cup clash.

At Barbourfields, DeMbare commands a huge crowd than FC Platinum and this being a cup game there has to be a winner and any stalemate will definitely lead to a penalty shootout and again any outfit that wins the semi-final encounter will definitely carry a psychological advantage into the next game which is a league encounter.

 

Carrying the hopes for DeMbare is veteran Murape Murape, goal scorer Rodrick Mutuma, goal keeper Washington Arubi and Cuthbert Malajila, while the ‘money bags’ will be pinning their hopes on players such as the former Dynamos goal poacher, Benjamin Marere, outgoing Soccer Star of the Year, Charles Sibanda, veteran Bheki Ncube and the much promising youngster, Donald Ngoma who created the goal that destroyed Shabanie Mine in a league match last weekend.

Winners of the Mbada Diamond Cup are expected to walk away with US$75 000 and also guaranteed another US$150 000 for the cost of their participation in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.