Eddie Chivero, one of the directors for Sundowns said the Uhuru Cup has been turned into ZANU PF after ZIFA kicked them out of the competition. “We are the defending champions and we have every right to play in that tournament,” Chivero said.
Henrietta Rushwaya, the ZIFA chief executive officer said there was nothing political about the Independence Trophy since it was an invitational tournament.
“It’s clear, this tournament is an invitation event and is part of the country’s Independence Celebrations programme. So organisers every year choose which teams they want to see participating.
“Besides, Sundowns have since been relegated. It’s a Premiership event and we also want to see our Premier teams taking part in this prestigious day’s activities,”
“We decided to have the top two teams from the two cities taking part. We based this on log standings from last year’s league race and Dynamos and Gunners were the top two teams in Harare. In Bulawayo it was Bantu and Highlanders,” Rushwaya sairu
ZIFA have cherry picked two crowd pullers from the politically volatile regions of Bulawayo and Harare for the semi finals of the Uhuru Cup.
Dynamos will play Gunners in the semi finals at Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday (April 14) while Highlanders will play Bantu Rover at Barbourfields Stadium on the same day.
The finals will be played on April 18 at the National Sports Stadium while the third and fourth play off will be on the same day at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
Relegated Njube Sundowns are the defending champions. They took home US$2 000 and were flown to Harare by the Government who were last year’s event sponsors.