Why is Dynamos hated so much?

JOHANNESBURG - I followed Dynamos’ 3-0 first leg African Champions League defeat to Tunisia’s Club Athletic Birzetin with lots of nostalgia.

May I own up upfront that I have never been a Dynamos supporter from childhood and this used to get me in trouble with my father and brothers because in the whole family, I was the sole radical member who took a different direction.

That is how I am when it comes to how I follow my sporting heroes. I am not one to go by the wind. If anything, I enjoy taking my own route and this has seen me supporting some of the most unfashionable outfits in any sporting discipline.

Back then, I used to support Black Aces, moved to Highlanders, Zimbabwe Saints and lastly, yes, you have guessed right – CAPS United. Let me also nail my colours on the mask that I have since stopped supporting the current CAPS side, not because I no longer fondly follow club soccer back home but I just think it is a sheer waste of time following clubs that lack ambition and who don’t add value to one’s satisfaction.

Having seen how things are done in other parts of the world, I think clubs in Zim have a long way to go if they are to be at par with modern trends and professionalise their institutions.

That said, the country continue to be a breeding ground of great talent as evidenced by the number of players who grace the South African Premiership. This however, has also resulted in the dying of the passion and competitive edge of Zimbabwe’s top clubs.

Because the best talent disappear to greener pastures as soon as they blossom, local clubs have been left poorer in terms of flair and the fighting spirit that used to be the norm in the 1980s.

The way Dynamos, who are supposed to be the country’s flag bearers, meekly surrendered in Tunisia, having done so again the previous year, goes to show how Zimbabwean soccer has degenerated to alarming proportions.

It leaves all those who are proudly Zimbabwean across the globe dejected because soccer is one of the few areas we pride in.

But while there is despair in the field of play, the fun among the fans of different teams has not disappeared.

I was reading some blogs the week after Dynamos were humbled and I must say, the Zimbabwean humour at times takes the cake.

Those who hate the dominant Harare side, do so with a passion while those who follow it, are very unflinching.

One blogger mocked the Glamour Boys that ‘vazori vebutter vakanzwa butter,’ literally translated ‘those who pride themselves in walloping other teams, got a taste of their own medicine.’

I could not help but forwarded the text to friends and colleagues accompanied by the translation of course.

Since time immemorial, there has never been love lost between Dynamos supporters and their rivals, especially CAPS followers. I remember the Dynamos rivals even going to the extent of supporting visiting teams in a bid to spite the most supported team in the country.

That does not seem to have changed a bit. This is a peculiar trend here in Mzansi but in other parts of the world, it is a common drift.

A Real Madrid supporter would rather support a visiting side than throw his/her weight on Barca, the same applies to Manchester United/Manchester City supporters - there is no love lost between the opposing sides.

I was taken aback that the tendency is still fashionable back home; celebrating the defeat of fellow countrymen by a foreign team? Wow!

I presume in Zim it is driven by the lack of humbleness by Dynamos supporters in victory which rubs other clubs the wrong way.

I still believe this calls for a change of mindset because in other parts of Africa this is a rare occurrence. You are Zimbabwean first, and any club you support comes second. - Tinotenda Panashe

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