Pakamisa earns DeMbare fans' trust

HARARE - When Washington Pakamisa crossed the Great Divide from CAPS United to join city rivals Dynamos at the beginning of the season, the striker was dismissed as a spent force, and that he struggled with his game in the early stages of the season did not help matters.

Pakamisa joined the Glamour Boys after he was fired by Makepekepe along with six other senior players following a disagreement with management over outstanding dues.

The poor run of form at Dynamos, failing to find the target in the opening five matches of the season, would follow.

The striker found himself having to deal with increased pressure with the spotlight falling on him as one of the players expected to lead the DeMbare forward line after the departure of such players as Roderick Mutuma, Simba Sithole and Denver Mukamba, who joined South African clubs.

And that Pakamisa was once captain of rivals CAPS United, his childhood team, further widened the rift between him and the DeMbare faithful.

But after a frustrating start to life at the 19-time Zimbabwean champions, in which he was used as a second half substitute by coach Callisto Pasuwa early on in the season, the speedy forward has scored five goals including one of high quality against FC Platinum in the 2-2 draw last week.

Pakamisa, alongside Platinum’s Nelson Maziwisa, now trail PSL leading scorer Tendai Ndoro by one goal for the Golden Boot award.

Ever since he ended his goal drought for DeMbare against Tripple B in a 0-2 win a fortnight ago, Pakamisa has not looked back, scoring back-to-back brace against FC Platinum and Monomotapa.   

Once again, Pakamisa was in impressive form against Monomotapa at the weekend, registering his second straight brace of the season.

He has improved rapidly for the defending champions and his confidence has flourished as well. Pasuwa, who was roundly criticised by a section of the club’s fans for turning to the old enemy, believes the striker is yet to realise his fullest potential.

His clever runs upfront and work rate has won him the respect and admiration of hard-to-please Dynamos fans.  

“He is a striker and he was bought to score goals and hence he doing just that,” Pasuwa said after Sunday’s match.  

“I am happy for him. Maybe the other strikers should have to help him in terms of scoring goals. Goals will definitely come. I am sure if he keeps on working hard he will score more goals because he is yet to reach his potential.”

With the Harare derby looming in a fortnight, CAPS fans should brace for one hell of an afternoon at the hands of one of their own. - Godknows Matarutse

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