A worthy Harare Derby

HARARE – If current form is anything to go by, then the Castle Premiership meeting between Dynamos and CAPS United at the weekend promises to be the hottest contested Harare derby in recent years.

Both teams enter Sunday’s game on a run of good form despite the stop-and-start league programme that has characterised the 2013 season owing to the Warriors’ World Cup and Chan commitments.

In previous seasons, CAPS United have come into the derby off the pace, which is not the case this time around.

United are in fourth place on the log with 35 points from 20 games. Makepekepe’s ascendency has been largely due to their 10-match unbeaten run.

Taurai Mangwiro and his charges are within striking distance of log leaders Dynamos, who are just three points ahead.

After Makepekepe’s 3-0 win over Tripple B last Thursday, Mangwiro admitted they could pay the ultimate prize if they go into the derby over-confident.

“I’m happy to with three points gained today, it’s a good game for us ahead of the Dynamos encounter,” Mangwiro said.

“We have been having a fine run but with games against Dynamos, its unpredictable, you could be having a bad run and then you come good against Dynamos.

“You could be having a fine run and then you come unstuck. But if we are picking points and scoring goals, this will help us come end of season.”

Due to Makepekepe’s deficiencies in recent seasons, the Harare derby had been reduced to a battle of just pride and mere bragging rights.

The three points at stake on Sunday will now go a long way in deciding the final destination of the 2013 premiership title.

Both teams have a chance of winning the championship this season, which makes this weekend’s meeting an intriguing battle.

After a slow start to the season, with five draws in their opening seven matches, DeMbare have hit top gear at the right moment.

The Glamour Boys shot to the summit of the log last Wednesday with a 3-1 win over title challengers Harare City.

It is the first time Calisto Pasuwa’s men have assumed pole position this season, putting themselves in a strong position for a third successive title.

Dynamos rarely stumble when they are in these situations, having mastered winning the domestic championship with a strong streak of ruthlessness.DeMbare have won the title a record 19-times.

One thing that will inspire Chazunguza going into the weekend’s encounter will be their impeccable record against United. They are currently undefeated against CAPS in the league since 2009.

When the two sides last met at the National Sports Stadium in May, Dynamos emerged 1-0 victors courtesy of Devon Chafa’s penalty.

After that match, Mangwiro admitted that his players seem to have been affected sociologically by DeMbare’s recent dominance.

If the CAPS players fail to overcome this mental block this weekend, then DeMbare are likely to extend their good return against their bitter city rivals.

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