IT was a day of highway exhibits yesterday as native soccer giants Dynamos and Highlanders warmed the stage for the Presidential Independence Day Trophy last set to cap the historic Uhuru celebrations at Barbourfields in Bulawayo this afternoon.
This is the primary time giants Dynamos and Highlanders are clashing within the Uhuru Cup last in Bulawayo and followers ought to anticipate a extremely aggressive match after the Government elevated the stakes this 12 months.
But yesterday, Bosso and DeMbare put apart their on-field variations and took part in joint highway exhibits in Bulawayo which took them to areas akin to Nkulumane and Cowdray Park the place they engaged their supporters in vibrant scenes across the metropolis.
Ranson Madzamba, who’s the Deputy Director, Communications and Advocacy for the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, mentioned the roadshows had been successful.
“We are celebrating our nationwide Independence Day by sport and we’re comfortable to have the match between Highlanders and Dynamos on the programme.
“So we’re going across the metropolis, hyping up the Independence Day celebrations.
“In quick, we’re creating consciousness about this 12 months’s celebrations by attending to the place the persons are and emphasising the significance of those Independence Day celebrations and the match, which can clearly put the icing on the cake.
“So we are saying people should come in their numbers. This match is a celebration of our national Independence through sport. Bulawayo has not hosted such finals in a long time,” mentioned Madzamba.
The excessive profile soccer match is billed to place the icing on the cake when the nation comes collectively on the day to commemorate 42 years of independence and nationwide sovereignty in Bulawayo.
President Mnangagwa will grace the soccer match as visitor of honour and hand over the Presidential Independence Day Trophy to the winners.
The gates are opening as early as 6:30am and can be closed as soon as the stadium is full. Since a bumper crowd is predicted at Barbourfields, the organisers have organized big screens to be mounted within the B Arena for the advantage of those who would have did not get entry into the stadium.
Dynamos and Highlanders, as the 2 largest groups and extensively supported groups within the nation, have featured within the earlier two finals of the invitational match.
DeMbare gained the trophy final 12 months when soccer returned for the primary time following a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They beat Highlanders 2-0 on the National Sports Stadium, with Trevor Mavhunga scoring the opener earlier than Peter Muduhwa’s second half own-goal.
The match was not performed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Highlanders gained it in 2019, additionally by a 2-0 margin, because of second-half targets from Bhukhosi Sibanda and Tinashe Makanda.
The Government introduced that the cup last will happen in Bulawayo, the place the nationwide Independence Day celebrations can be held for the primary time, according to the Second Republic’s drive in direction of the promotion of nationwide unity, devolution and decentralisation.
This is barely the second time that the Uhuru Cup last has been held in Bulawayo, after the 2005 version which was gained by Motor Action, after they accounted for Bosso within the last.
This 12 months’s occasion can be held below the theme “[email protected] 42 Leaving no one and no place behind”. There can be a large Covid-19 testing train in Bulawayo in the course of the Independence Day Celebrations. Only those that are examined and are unfavorable can be allowed to attend the celebrations.
Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya took with him a squad of 21 gamers for the Uhuru Cup. The DeMbare gaffer has indicated he’ll subject his finest squad for the tie as he seems to take care of his crew’s successful momentum.
Dynamos are unbeaten of their final six Premiership video games and have climbed prime of the desk whereas Bosso have additionally been on the ascend following an detached begin to the season.
Dynamos squad for Uhuru Cup
Taimon Mvula, Prince Tafiremutsa, Partson Jaure, Godknows Murwira, Frank Makarati, Emmanuel Jalai, Tinotenda Muringai, Arnold Mawadza, Sylvester Appiah, Ralph Kawondera, Shadreck Nyahwa, Trevor Mavunga, Tinashe Makanda, Evans Katema, Junior Makunike, Bill Antonio, Issa Sadiki, Emmanuel Paga, Keith Murera, Brandon Mpofu, Stephen Chatikobo.