Harare derby explodes

HARARE - For the whole week CAPS United and Dynamos stoked the fires of rivalry with tough talk but the day has finally come for both teams to translate their words into action.

DeMbare and Makepekepe will battle it out this afternoon in the Harare derby at the National Sports Stadium.

If the tension which has been heightened by the two camps is anything to go by, then fans will today witness one of the most interesting blockbuster clashes in the history of the Harare derby.

Both teams will come into this match high on confidence with both enjoying form in recent matches.

The Green Machine had an indifferent start in their campaign this season, however, in their past four matches Makepekekepe have picked up maximum points.

In their previous four matches, Taurai Mangwiro’s men registered victories against Shabanie (3-0), Chiredzi (2-0), Hwange (2-1) and Chicken Inn (2-1) last weekend.

Dynamos are currently in third place on the log standings with 26 points while the Green Machine are in fourth place, only behind on goal difference.

All week, players from each side have been talking up their chances of winning today’s match.

“They are playing well but we are not reading much into their form. We are only focusing on our game. All we want is three points on Sunday (today), even if we play badly. Beating CAPS is all that matters,” Dynamos defender Partson Jaure said.

“We need to win the two back-to-back matches against CAPS United to place ourselves in a good position for the championship. We can only achieve that with the help of our fans.”

However CAPS believed it’s high time to stop Dembare dominance in the Harare derby.

Makepekepe last won this fixture back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi scored a memorable for the Green machine.

“We have been enjoying a good run lately and it’s a morale boost for us. It gives us an edge over our opponents because the players are now used to winning matches. They have developed a winning mentality which is a plus for the team,” CAPS skipper Tapiwa Kumbuyani said.

“That’s how it is important to us to pick up the maximum points. There is a lot at stake. We are eager to end the jinx against Dynamos at the same time fancying our own chances for the title.”

Today: CAPS United v Dynamos (National Sports Stadium, SS), Black Rhinos v How Mine (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Chiredzi (Sakubva), Triangle v Chapungu (Gibbo), Highlanders v Bantu Rovers (Barbourfields)

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