RECENTLY crowned Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Chicken Inn go out in hunt for a double when they meet city neighbours Highlanders in what could be an intriguing Easycall Cup final set for Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.
It is a match whose outcome is hard to predict looking at the “ruthless” manner in which the two teams dispatched their opponents in the semi-finals at the same venue last weekend.
Chicken Inn thumped Caps United 3-0 in a match which ended prematurely when their fans at the Mpilo End threw missiles and ran onto the pitch in protest against what they felt was biased officiating by Masvingo referee Makonese Masakadza.
Goals by Clemence Matawu, Tafadzwa Kutinyu and Michelle Katsvairo ensured the Gamecocks of a place in the final.
The next day saw Highlanders put up a marvellous display to despatch fierce rivals Dynamos 2-1, their first win over DeMbare in any competitive fixture at Barbourfields since 2006.
Highlanders head into the fixture without two of their experienced players, defender Erick Mudzingwa and striker Obadiah Tarumbwa who miss out after picking two yellow cards.
Tarumbwa’s booking was unnecessary as he picked up the yellow card from the substitutes bench when he charged at Dynamos striker Rodreck Mutuma who had been sent off for kicking Ralph Matema in an off the ball incident.
Chicken Inn have won a NetOne sponsored competition before, the 2013 Charity Shield with a 3-2 victory over Caps United in the final staged at Mandava Stadium. The Gamecocks, under the tutelage of Mandla Mpofu then pocketed $60 000 for their triumph.
Only Moses Jackson, Canaan Nkomo, Brian Mbiriri and Danny Phiri were part of that triumphant Chicken Inn side in 2013 who are still with the club.
Interestingly, Chicken Inn were led by Felix Chindungwe who is most likely to captain Highlanders this afternoon.
The Gamecocks head into today’s fixture as firm favourites to walk away with the trophy having defeated Highlanders in both league matches this season. They overcame Bosso 2-1 in May and 3-2 in August to collect six points at stake in the two matches.