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StandardInd brace for tough tourney

STANDARDIND FC have vowed to repeat their giant-killing act when they start the defence of their Communications League of Zimbabwe (CLZ) Cup in Harare tomorrow.


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ixteen teams vie for the over $22 million and the floating trophy at stake when the CLZ Cup roars into life at the University of Zimbabwe grounds tomorrow morning.


Facing seasoned campaigners DStv, Tel*One and newcomers Sirdc, StandardInd have a tough time to survive the first round stage and proceed to the quarterfinals from Group B of the tournament they won last year against all odds.


“We are hopeful of winning the cup again, though we see the competition tougher this time round,” StandardInd’s Tina Jacob, who had the honour of conducting the draw, said.


League champions and cup favourites Telecel are likely to find the going easy in Group C against minnows Celsys and Newspress as well as new boys Schweppes.


“We’ve got unfinished business, and we won’t let the cup slip again,” a Telecel official said.


Cosmopots, Fingaz, Barco and guest team Argentina battle it out in Group D, while Buddie, World Vision, Zellco and guests Tendo make up Group A.

All the teams will play three games tomorrow, with the top two sides in each group proceeding to the quarterfinals set for next weekend.


The semi-finals and final will also be played next Saturday.


“We hope it’s going to be a memorable outing for all the teams,” CLZ chairman Fred Gijima said after the draw this week. “Let’s play football, and may the best team win.” – Staff Writer.

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