Premier Soccer League administrator Pearson Mutandwa said they had pushed the final towards month end in order to attract a good crowd to guarantee the sponsors of milleage for their involvement in football.
The Banc ABC Sup8r tournament is the only sponsored competition in Zimbabwean football, and even the league title race itself does not have a sponsor following the withdrawal of the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe.
The past two editions of the Banc ABC final have seen the sponsors offering incentives like t-shirts to lure fans to the stadiums. Last year, the final was between Lengthens and Shooting Stars. The sponsors and the PSL had to strike a deal to reduce gate charges to attract a bigger crowd.
But that was unlikely to happen this year as the 2010 final comes a week after Dynamos would have completed their 2010 Caf Champions League mini league programme with a date against Esperance of Tunisia on September 18. This will give the Zimbabwean fans the much needed climax to the final as Dynamos will not have any other distractions from the match.
Mutandwa said they had increased security since they were expecting a large crowd.
“There will be sufficient number of police details to deal with that because we do not want to chase away sponsors from football through unrully behaviour,’ said Mutandwa.
Dynamos and CAPS United have a long history of rivalry. This year the two teams have met once in a league match with Dynamos coming out tops 2-0.
CAPS United, which was under the coaching guidance of Lloyd Chitembwe, is now under former Dynamos captain Moses Chunga while Elvis Chiweshe is still driving De Mbare.
The Banc ABC Sup8r tournament involves the top eight teams according to the previous season’s league standings and winners of the competition qualify to represent Zimbabwe in the 2011 Caf Confederations Cup.