'It's not the title decider'

HARARE - Two former football greats — David George and Douglas Mloyi — do not believe Sunday’s top-of-the-table Castle Premiership tie between Dynamos and Highlanders is the 2012 title decider.

With the league just five games away from the finale, log leaders Dynamos and second-placed Highlanders are separated by just two points, making Sunday’s tie critical for the two giants.

Former DeMbare striker George, who earned the nickname “Broom Boy” because of his spectacular dribbling skills, believes there is still a lot to play for.

“I don’t think the winner this Sunday will necessarily end up as the league champions,” said George, currently assistant coach at 2010 Zimbabwe champions Motor Action.

“Five games is a lot of games so we can’t conclusively say Sunday’s winner will bag this year’s title. Whoever wins, though, could get the momentum necessary to win the title.”

George, who starred for the reigning Zimbabwe champions between 1975 and 1983, however, thinks a DeMbare win could tilt the title race their way.

“If Dynamos wins that will make the gap between them and Highlanders five points and that could make Dynamos title favourites.

“Even if Dynamos win, you cannot rule out some twists and turns in the last four games. The team with the right temperament will end the season as champions.”

On the other hand, Mloyi (57), who played as a defender for Bosso in a team that also featured Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar, is convinced that whoever wins Zimbabwe’s highly anticipated football match could get necessary motivation to win the championship come end of year.

“The two teams are almost at the same level and in my opinion whoever wins will get the momentum to win the title if they do away with complacency, but there is still a lot to play for,” said the former Bosso great, popularly known “British.”

Mloyi, who played for Bosso between 1974 and 1987, is worried that his former team’s recent training boycott could make them less competitive.

“These guys were on strike for close to two weeks so I am not sure whether they are in the best condition possible.

“Also Highlanders have not beaten Dynamos in recent times but I have a feeling that this time Bosso could get their act right and come away with a win.”

FIXTURES

Saturday: Monomotapa v Black Mambas (Rufaro), Quelaton v Harare City (Luveve), Blue Rangers v Motor Action (Gwanzura), FC Platinum v Chicken Inn (Mandava).

Sunday: Hardbody v Shabanie Mine (Ascot), Dynamos v   Highlanders (Rufaro), Buffaloes v   Hwange (Sakubva), CAPS United v Gunners (Gwanzura).

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