THE Chibuku Super Cup knockout tournament now remains as a four-team horse race following the conclusion of the quarter final matches on Sunday.
Fourteen teams, including the country’s traditional three giants Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United, have since been sent packing with the cup’s defending champions FC Platinum, Bulawayo Chiefs, Black Rhinos and Herentals being the remaining teams in their quest for the coveted Chibuku title.
Platinum eliminated Dynamos courtesy of a 4-2 penalty shootout lottery after their match had ended nil all in regulation time. Herentals went through to the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup after beating Manica Diamonds 2-1.
Bulawayo Chiefs got the better of Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday with Malvin Mkolo nodding home the all-important goal of the match in the second half.
Army side Black Rhinos needed a sudden death penalty shootout to march to the next stage when they dismissed Chicken Inn 9-8 at Rusape’s Vengere Stadium. The match had finished one-all in 90 minutes.
Chicken Inn have never advanced to the last four stage of the knockout contest.
According to the tournament’s semi-final draw that was conducted at National Sports Stadium on Sunday evening, Bulawayo Chiefs will now meet Black Rhinos.
FC Platinum were drawn against Herentals with the Premier Soccer League announcing that the venues of the two games will be made public in due course.
Chibuku Super semi-final draw
Black Rhinos v Bulawayo Chiefs, FC Platinum v Herentals