Thrilling season comes to an end

HARARE - After an eight-month long exciting mixture of entertainment, spills and thrills, the Zimbabwean domestic football season comes to a closing tomorrow.

There were some high points and some low, but it was rousing from day one back in March until last Sunday when Dynamos edged bitter rivals Highlanders to the league title on goal difference to clinch a record 19th Zimbabwean football championship.

With many transfers and movements taking place in the off-season last year, the scene was set for an exceptional season.

Highlanders started well, clinching one victory after another, and setting up a record of 23-match unbeaten run.

At that time, reigning champions Dynamos were yet to hit their stride, struggling to find the tempo they wanted in an opening half of the season in which their championship-winning coach Calisto Pasuwa almost lost his job following the 6-0 humiliation by Esperance in Tunisia.

As the season progressed, Pasuwa took some major decisions, tinkering cleverly with his team to claw themselves back into the title race. DeMbare’s newly-found terrific form coincided with a string of draws for Bosso.   

This proved to be a turning point for the Glamour Boys, with players like Denver Mukamba, Tawanda Muparati and Partson Jaure showing their quality to guide Dynamos to a sensational end of season.

Among the highlights of the 2012 season for me was the tense title race between DeMbare and Bosso, Denver Mukamba’s mesmerising and sublime skills, Bosso’s unbeaten run — I can go on and on!

On the down side was the unfortunate incidents of inter-club violence, arbitration fights and the downward spiral of FC Platinum, a club which promised so much in its debut Premiership season last year, only to be reduced to an ordinary outfit for most of 2012.

In many respects, it has been a memorable season and hopefully, the Mbada Diamonds Cup final tomorrow will put the icing on the cake.

Congratulations to everyone involved for an outstanding season and we look forward to an exciting one next year!

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