Kumbuyani eyes Harare derby redemption

HARARE - CAPS United captain Tapiwa Kumbuyani feels Sunday’s Harare derby against Dynamos represents United a chance to turn around their season and win back the hearts of the clubs’ disenchanted faithful.

Kumbuyani has always experienced a love hate relationship with the Makepekepe supporters, who have never really trusted him to lead the Green Machine back to its glory days.

And that he has never experienced defeating Dynamos in CAPS colours, since joining the club during 2011 mid-season, has only fuelled the bad blood between the two parties.

The 30-year-old is however not one to shy away from a challenge and his short but eventful history at United speaks volumes of his commitment to Green Machine.

From staying on the United ship through the temptations of moving to a then cash rich FC Platinum to receiving an olive branch from the clubs executive, who had sacked the fullback along with six other senior players at the beginning of the year, bears testimony of his faithfulness.

But the Gweru-raised right back knows, despite his sacrifices he has made for the club, fans will continue to judge him on current form and his performances on the pitch.

And there is no better platform to win back the trust of the club’s fans than leading Makepekepe to victory against old enemies DeMbare in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd at the National Sports Stadium this Sunday.

“Beating Dynamos will go down as one of the greatest days of my life,” Kumbuyani told the Daily News yesterday.

“People will always have different views about me obviously. But I know I will keep giving 100 percent to CAPS United.

“This is a club I grew up supporting and now I don’t only have the privilege to play for it but I am also its captain. That’s something special.”

Dynamos have over the years overwhelmingly dominated their city rivals with CAPS last victory over the blue army coming as far back as 2009.

Since then the two sides have met seven times with Dynamos winning four times and three matches ending in draws.

But this is Harare derby where logic and form are thrown out the window. Only pride is on the line more than the three points at stake.

And Kumbuyani has rallied his side to begin a new chapter and beat Dynamos, a result which will infuse momentum in their league campaign.

“I think this game will turn around everything for us,” he said, adding: “It will be a morale booster. I’m confident in the team we have. The youngsters are showing good potential and the experienced guys are blending well. We have a good spirit.”

Given that both teams come into this encounter on the back of unconvincing results there is not much that separates them on paper.

Both CAPS and Dynamos have amassed 15 points and both have scored 13 times from their last nine matches.

But Dynamos defence marshalled by Partson Jaure and Gift Bello has been solid only conceding six goals whilst that of CAPS which has had to be rotated due to suspension and injury has leaked in 10 goals.

CAPS welcome back Arnold Chivheya from suspension and his inclusion in the team will enforce that stability at the back that United has been lacking in recent games.

 

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