No prize money yet for Bob Super Cup

With about a month before its scheduled kick off, the fourth edition of the Bob Super Cup, which will be contested by the country’s top three teams, does not yet have the required sponsorship money.

The Chairman of the tournament’s organizing committee, Stanley Kasukuwere, revealed that although they have received pledges from various companies, none of them has so far handed over what they have promised.

As a result, said Kasukuwere, the prize money to be distributed to the competing teams will only be known when all the pledges received have been honoured.

The former Dynamos Secretary and also Vice Chairman said they had not yet come up with the gate charges as that would also depend on how much they raise from their sponsors.

Gate charges for the Bob Super Cup are usually below the agreed minimum $3 gate charge which fans pay to watch Premier Soccer League football.

Highlanders and Harare City are scheduled to meet in the semi finals at Barbourfields Stadium on February 16 with the winner facing Dynamos in the final to be staged at Rufaro Stadium on February 23.

The Bob Super Cup is an annual tournament used to celebrate the birthday of President Robert Mugabe. This year, it has been dubbed the Bob Super Cup 90 as President Mugabe turns 90 on February 21.

The tournament was introduced in 2011 and at one time Mugabe himself personally gave the two participating teams Dynamos and Caps United $20, 000 each.

This was on top of what the two teams received from what the sponsors had put on the table as prize money.

Although the NetOne Charity Shield is widely considered as the soccer season opener, it comes weeks later than the Bob Super Cup which is fast becoming the traditional opener to the soccer programme.

Dynamos pocketed $110, 000 for winning the competition in 2013 while the runners up Highlanders received $70, 000.

This year, Dembare will have the advantage of match practice as they will take on Mochudi Centre Chiefs of Botswana in the first leg of the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League on February 7 and the second leg a week later.

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