Bulawayo City, ZPC Kariba, Cranborne Bullets and Whawha battled it out last Saturday to make it to the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup to be played on the weekend of 20-21 August across the country.
It was a preliminary round of the country’s prestigious knockout tournament that saw ZPC Kariba and Whawha make it to the first round after getting the better of Bulawayo City and Cranborne Bullets, respectively, after penalty lotteries.
The two games that were played at Zvishavane’s Mandava Stadium produced TWO stalemates in regulation time (Bulawayo City 0-0 ZPC Kariba; Cranborne Bullets 1-1 Whawha), a development that also meant a total of TWO goals were scored in open play of the two first round matches of this year’s Chibuku Super Cup.
Cranborne Bullets were the first club to find the back of the net in this year’s edition of the cup contest through Raymond Horonga’s 47th minute goal. It was the first goal of the tournament to be scored in open play while Kelvin Chiripawako, who equalised with a ‘ghost goal’ for Whawha got the second of the tournament when his effort deep into second half cancelled Horonga’s opener.
As fate would have it, WhaWha managed to hold their nerves to progress into the first round of the knockout competition after a tense penalty lottery.
From the 16 spot kicks that were taken between the two sides, Cranborne Bullets’ Kudakwashe Chidhonza crashed his club’s EIGHTH spot kick into the crossbar in the sudden death stage of the shoot-out to extinguish Bullets’ hopes of mounting another memorable Chibuku Cup campaign after they reached the semi-finals last year.
This means, it was a match that saw 15 penalties being scored after regulation time and one being missed.
From the ZPC Kariba versus Bulawayo City match penalty shootout that ended 4-1 in favour of the former, THREE spot kicks out of EIGHT were missed and THREE were converted to flush Amakhosi out of the tournament.
Therefore, a total of 24 spot kicks were taken after regulation time in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup, 20 were scored and FOUR were missed.
Luke Jukulile’s WhaWha will now meet Dynamos in the next round while ZPC Kariba fight it out against Bulawayo Chiefs.
The competition, which was used as a forerunner to the return of the Premier Soccer League championship last year, with matches played in group format, returns to its original setup for the 2022 edition with the top 14 teams as at Week 17 avoiding the preliminary round.
The four teams that were at the bottom of the table at half-the-season marked the kickstart the tournament in a preliminary round, with the two (ZPC Kariba and Whawha) winners joining the 14 other teams for the first round
Meanwhile, the Castle Lager Premiership is set to return this weekend with a full round of fixtures on Matchday 24.
The league action took a week break to pave the way for the Chibuku Super Cup preliminary round.
The games will begin on Friday with the game between Yadah and WhaWha at the National Sports Stadium. Four games are scheduled for Saturday, with log leaders FC Platinum playing host to Black Rhinos at Mandava Stadium.
Highlanders will make the trip to Harare for their tricky tie against Herentals. The match will be beamed live on Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN) Prime. Chicken Inn met Harare City at Luveve Stadium
CAPS United will welcome bruised Bulawayo City while Dynamos travel to Rusape for their tie against Tenax on Sunday.
PSL Matchday 24 Fixtures
Friday: Yadah vs WhaWha (NSS)
Saturday: Herentals vs Highlanders (NSS), FC Platinum vs Black Rhinos (Mandava Stadium), Chicken Inn vs Harare City (Luveve Stadium), Bullets vs Ngezi Platinum (Vengere Stadium)
Sunday: Tenax vs Dynamos (Vengere Stadium), CAPS United vs Bulawayo City (NSS), Bulawayo Chiefs vs ZPC Kariba (Luveve Stadium), Triangle United vs ZPC Kariba (Gibbo Stadium)