One big yawn at NSS

HARARE - Perhaps it was the pressure of playing in a much-hyped derby, with the big fat lenses of SuperSport bringing the action live to millions in 55 countries across the continent, but the Dynamos-CAPS United match yesterday lacked the quality and class to justify the build-up.  

You hardly could count four uninterrupted passes from both teams, mainly because both teams lacked composure to settle into some kind of a rhythm from defence and going forward.

Things were done hurriedly, without much thought put into it, and haven’t we seen all this before in our league?

The result of this rashness was an eyesore of a football game, characterised by unforced errors. But no one seemed prepared to capitalise. A mistake was followed by another, and then another, and position was quickly given back to the opposition with reckless abandon.  

And that the match itself was decided by a penalty was befitting result as both teams lacked the imagination to find space to manoeuvre and create chances from open play.

First impression is the lasting impression, so they say.

But one dearly hope, from a Zimbabwean point of view that this was not the kind of impression it left on the legion of SuperSport viewers across the continent.

The famed Harare derby was one big yawn, but we have seen better games in this league this season.

Certainly the smaller teams have given us better entertainment value, playing with some clarity, intent and purpose.

The match between Monomotapa and FC Platinum on Saturday was one such game. Teams like Chicken Inn and Harare City also play well going forward, with a subtle brand of passing football and showing some excellent talent and good coaching from the bench.

To create chances, you need to do the basics rights; be cool, calm and calculated.

That was not the case yesterday in a match a lot was expected from two of the country’s biggest football clubs.

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