Mutuma spices up derby

HARARE - Hate him or love him, you cannot ignore the impact Roderick Mutuma has had on his short-lived CAPS United career.

In only two games for the Green Machine since signing from bitter cross town rivals Dynamos, Mutuma has already been at the centre of a huge storm.

It all began two weeks ago when he scored his penalty in the shoot-out between his new club and his former side in the Sino-Cement Challenge Match.

The self-proclaimed Prince literary stuck the boot in the face of the DeMbare fans, who had booed his every touch during the match.

Last weekend, the 26-year-old was on target once again when he produced a neat finish inside the box to give United the lead against Highlanders in the Bob 91 Super Cup play-off during an incident-filled match at Barbourfields Stadium.

There have been attempts by the Highlanders camp to blame the striker for the violence that broke out during and after the match.

Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede, who was not present at Barbourfields, claims that Mutuma provoked the home side’s fans.

“Nobody wants to be associated with such acts. But it is unto the authorities to act as they do oversees when a player acts in a manner meant to provoke fans,” said the former Zifa vice-president earlier this week.

“The player should be disciplined. I am told a former Dynamos player (Roderick Mutuma) made a gesture to Bosso fans at the Soweto end.

“Referees should put that in their report so that the authorities should act. We can’t stand and watch unruly elements take control of our game.”

Controversy is always lurking when dealing with Mutuma and many of his critics will point out to his many escapades while still at DeMbare to prove that he is a hot head.

CAPS’s victory over Highlanders started the gauntlet to another potential thriller as they will now face Dynamos in Sunday’s final at the National Sports Stadium.

As expected, Mutuma has already been at the centre of this tie even before a ball has been kicked by provoking the Dynamos fans in the run up to the final.

Dynamos fans are already on edge and have promised to turn up the heat against their former darling, who is now sleeping with the enemy.

Although Sunday’s final will only be a pre-season match, Mutuma’s presence on the pitch will ensure that the stakes will be high in the derby.

Since bursting on the scene with the Glamour Boys in 2011, Mutuma has always been a man for the big occasions.

He seems to derive his adrenalin by being at the centre of the attention in high pressure situations.

This Sunday is no exception and, make no mistake about it, the Dynamos defence will target him and try to wind him up.

The Dynamos backline knows Mutuma has got a short fuse and it does not take much to make him implode.

They will kick, push, elbow and abuse the striker in the hope that he will retaliate which will probably lead to a sending off.

While he has turned into an instant target for the opposition, Mutuma’s commitment and desire has endeared him to the CAPS United fans.

Even new Makepekepe coach Mark Harrison is full of praise for his new striker.

“I know him well (Mutuma) and he is going to be a tremendous signing for us. Probably one of the biggest signings in the PSL this season in Zimbabwe, make no mistake about that,” the Briton said at Mutuma’s unveiling last month.

“He is gonna (sic) be a big asset for us and I am looking forward to working with him. I know what he is like; he has got an edge about him.

“I can deal with players like him. If you get 11 of those you get a championship team.”

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