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Chibuku Cup finale: Bulawayo Chiefs Ladies date Herentals Queens in curtain raiser match

By Mthokozisi Dube

Newly promoted Women Super League side, Bulawayo Chiefs Ladies team are hoping to use their Chibuku Super Cup final curtain raiser match with Herentals Queens to adequately prepare for their maiden topflight season.

Ladies football teams have been accorded a rare opportunity to face off as curtain raisers to a match set to earn one of the two competing teams a ticket to Africa’s inter-club competition, the Confederation Cup, provided FIFA lifts the football embargo imposed on the country.

Bulawayo Chiefs Ladies team got promoted to the Super League and will be using the match against log leaders Herentals Queens to gauge the type of competition they will face in the women’s topflight league.

Bulawayo Chiefs Ladies team player-assistant coach Nobuhle Majika says they will use the clash to adequately prepare their side for next season.

“The ladies are happy to face Herentals. Most of them will be playing against a premier league side for the first time, but more importantly for us as coaches, we want to assess our squad and how we can improve to unleash a competitive side for next season,” Majika noted.

Now under the guidance of assistant coach Thulani Sibanda, Bulawayo Chiefs eliminated Black Rhinos after a semi-final lottery, while Herentals stunned champions FC Platinum to book their slot in the final.

Like Sibanda, Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva will go into that final looking for nothing short of writing his own piece of history by clinching the lucrative Chibuku Super Cup.

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