Only Dynamos were left to fight another day after managing a 1-0 win over old foes CAPS United, whose striker, Evans Gwekwerere, said they were heartbroken to miss out.
“We are heartbroken by this elimination. With a little bit of luck we could have won the match but Dynamos took their chance. Our aim was to reach at least the semi-finals, but that's the name of the game. We have to regroup and focus on the league title race," said Gwekwerere.
Highlanders captain Gilbert Banda admitted the early exit from the tournament would have a negative effect on the team, but they needed to put the setback behind them and shift focus to the league title.
"It's not easy to take. It pains to be eliminated at this stage. But we do not want that to affect us because we still have a chance of winning the league title,” said Banda.
The Mbada Diamond Cup introduced this season has become the biggest Knock-out tournament in the country.
Zimbabwe Saints ended Highlanders' interests in the tournament after handing them a 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat in a Bulawayo derby at the Colliery after the two teams had finished goalless in regulation time.
In Harare, Dynamos dumped arch rivals CAPS United out of the tournament after edging them 1-0 through a solitary strike by Archieford Gutu.Post published in: Football