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$50m inaugural PG tourney kicks off Sunday

Ndamu Sandu

ALL roads lead to the National Sports Stadium on Sunday where the inaugural $50 million PG industries four-team soccer tournament is scheduled to explode into life.

face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The knock-out tournament involves reigning Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Amazulu, Zifa Unity Cup holders Dynamos, Caps United and Black Rhinos.

PSL acting chairman Tendai Madzorere confirmed to IndependentSport this week that the tournament would go ahead as scheduled.

“The tournament is on this Sunday and all the teams involved have confirmed that they would participate,” he said.

The Dynamos/Caps United match which starts at 8am is the crop of the tournament.

Matches involving the two Harare giants have always produced thrills.

Dynamos, already with the Zifa Unity Cup in their bag, would want to start the year on a high note.

DeMbare have a score to settle after failing to beat Makepekepe last year.

Dynamos will be banking on the skills of Francis Chandida whose work rate has been phenomenal.

In Tendai Mwarura, Dynamos have the arsenal to destroy any team. Makepekepe on the other hand, have always reserved their best for DeMbare.

Lloyd Chitembwe is once again expected to lead the team.

The Delma Lupepe-sponsored Amazulu, with their tails high after winning the league championship last year, clash with Rhinos in the other semi-final match with the final being played at 3pm.

Winners walk away with $25 million, losing finalists pocket $15 million while the losing semi-finalists are guaranteed a $5 million cheque apiece.

Madzorere said the tournament signals better times to come for PSL which had experienced a flight of sponsors.

“This is the beginning and very soon sponsors will flock to PSL like what happens in South Africa,” said the PSL boss.

Last year, knock-out tournaments such as the Charity Shield, BP Cup and Madison trophy were cancelled following the withdrawal of sponsors citing harsh economic conditions.

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