Zim giants Highlanders, Dynamos set for Bots tour
By Bakang Mhaladi
GABORONE – Zimbabwe giants, Dynamos and Highlanders are expected to make the trip to Botswana on August 19 for a one day, four team tournament after earlier doubts over the competition.
The tournament was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday but was shifted due to the Zimbabwe sides’ unavailability.
But now Zimbabwe’s Premier Soccer League and Zimbabwe Football Association has cleared both clubs, paving way for a potential first ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’ on Botswana soil.
The tournament, dubbed the Super Cup, takes place at the Francistown Sports Complex and the draw was conducted last week Friday, with representatives from the Zimbabwe sides in attendance.
The two sides were kept apart in the semi-finals as Dynamos take on local side, TAFIC, while Highlanders face Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the semi-finals.
There were concerns from both Zimbabwe sides’ camps over the payment of appearance fees and the clubs’ representatives have said they would only take part if the money is settled upfront.
The tournament is sponsored by Joy Foundation, a local non-profit organization and the City of Francistown.
Highlander’s chairman Modern Ngwenya attended the draw in Francistown and immediately declared that his side would make it through to the final and predicted they will meet arch rivals, Dynamos.
“We have to prove who the big brother is, and since this is a charity tournament, we will beat our brothers (Dynamos) 3-0 (in the final),”said Ngwenya as he began to stoke the fires.
“After our game against Dynamos was abandoned recently when we were leading 1-0, history has it that we prove our greatness in a foreign land. It’s a blessing as we will also prove that we are bigger brothers to our neighbours and at the same time send a message to the rest of Southern Africa.”
Dynamos representative Mafoko Graham said they will come to Botswana to collect the Super Cup.
“We will not talk much. We will let the boys do the talking on the field of play. We enjoy great support in Francistown and we encourage our supporters to come in large numbers,” he said.
TAFIC representative Bushy Moswate said they will be cowed as they face the Zimbabwe giants. He said while Dynamos is a big brand in Zimbabwe, they are equally a brand in Francistown and will give their all.
Chiefs’ chairperson Christopher Molomo said they are prepared to stand their own against Highlanders.
He said the tournament would aid solidify relations between the two countries through football.
The tournament organisers expect to launch the tournament in Zimbabwe before the teams travel down to Botswana.