'Title there for the taking'

HARARE - A strong factor in Dynamos winning last year’s Castle Premiership title was the never-say-die spirit shown by their players and the technical shrewdness of coach Calisto Pasuwa.

While many doubted the Glamour Boys’ ability to successfully defend their title this season – with Pasuwa almost losing his job in the mid-season following a short-lived poor run – that dogged spirit was reignited thereafter, turning Dynamos into a fearsome machine capable of winning games from the jaws of defeat.

Good teams grind out results over a long season.

This is exactly what DeMbare did on Sunday against Monomotapa, who they beat 2-1 to move to the brink of a record-extending 19th Zimbabwean club football title. Rivals Highlanders won 2-0 at Hardbody to remain in second position, two points adrift of Dynamos.

 Since the beginning of the second half of the season, and with the huge target on their backs, Dynamos have been taking no prisoners. For good measure, they are also in the running to retain the Mbada Diamonds Cup, the country’s richest club football competition they won in its debut season last term.

But it is their performances in the season which has been captivating.  

Most of the wins have not been very pretty, but points are points.

At the end of the year, no one will remember how well you played in all 30 games, only how many points you earned in those games.

Dynamos trump card has been their players’ attitude. They have a bunch of players who understand their strengths and roles so they put effort to make sure strengths outweigh weaknesses.

The mercurial and dazzling Denver Mukumba has been close to unplayable at times, a genuine match-winner and decent finisher too. It’s hard to identify any player in Zimbabwean football currently playing better than the lanky wizard from Highfield.  

Last season’s league top-scorer Rodreck Mutuma has done well as impact player, often coming in as a second half substitute to unsettle defenders with his direct play and vigour.  He is an imposing presence in the attacking third, a big player for Dynamos.

Another revelation in the second half of the season has been the rookie forward Farai Mupasiri, who looks like a very special player and a bright prospect for Zimbabwean football. He is a constant threat with his intelligent runs off the ball and good turn of pace.

Also deserving special mention is holding midfielder Devon Chafa, who has the perfect combination of grit and toughness which he uses in controlling the game. He is a valuable asset to the team.  

With just two matches left this season, the title is theirs for the taking.

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