ZPC Kariba deserve praise

HARARE - ZPC Kariba — the resort town’s premier league representatives — are at the cusp of making history by becoming the first team outside Harare and Bulawayo to win the title in modern day Zimbabwe football.

Of course they would have taken a giant step towards fulfilling that if they beat defending champions — Dynamos — who are also 90 minutes away from making their own piece of history in the premiership.

But for the neutral football lovers, no matter what happens today at the National Sports Stadium, the Zimbabwe Power Company-sponsored club has earned the respect of many fans.

At the start of the season, not many people gave the league debutants any chance of mounting a serious championship challenge.

ZPC were among a list of teams earmarked for early return to division one football.

And the side’s turbulent start to the season punctuated by threats of sponsorship withdrawal emboldened doomsayers who were already preparing an epitaph before the ball had even been kicked.

With this uncertainty engulfing the club a number of transfer targets were reluctant to sign and pre-season training was severely impacted.

The club also had their home ground Nyamhunga Stadium deemed unfit to host Premiership matches by the league.

They had to play all their home matches away from home at Gwanzura Stadium.

But instead of buckling under the weight of poor expectation which had been placed on them, ZPC Kariba and their coach Saul Chaminuka — believed and held their own.

The biggest highlight of their fairy campaign was a 19-game unbeaten run which was put to a screeching halt by the military side Chapungu in Gweru.

For most neutrals ZPC Kariba  changed the way of playing football in the premiership which has been dominated by Dynamos who themselves have not really played fancy football normally commensurate with their success on the domestic scene.

The Kariba side has made sure that the course has not stayed clear for Dynamos at the same time confirming that discipline and sound leadership are ingredients for success.

We have been made to appreciate the determination and discipline of this small team which goes into this afternoon’s penultimate tie with so many reasons to believe the defending champions can be dethroned.

Winning the league in their first season in the top flight will be landmark achievement for the side.

Whether they win the title or not, ZPC Kariba deserve praise. 

Comments (1)

ndizvo. well done guys

fungai mhlanga - 10 November 2014

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