It's derby time

HARARE - Although both teams are saying it’s only a friendly match, deep down Dynamos and CAPS United would like to win the Bob 91 Super Cup.

The two teams lock horns at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon in the curtain raiser of the 2015 Castle Premiership season.

No matter the circumstances, a Harare derby pitting CAPS and Dynamos is always a high-stakes encounter.

Bragging rights aside, the two teams just cannot tolerate each other with the rivalry dating back to pre-independence days.

Makepekepe enter today’s final with a psychological advantage having defeated DeMbare in the previous meeting.

United emerged victorious with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out win in the Sino-Zimbabwe Challenge Match last month.

The Green Machine followed-up that win with another good performance in their 1-2 away victory over Highlanders in the play-off match to book a place in today’s final.

“It’s still a pre-season game. I know for the fans they are desperate to win the game but as the coach I have key expectations that I will be looking at,” new CAPS coach Mark Harrison said last week.

“We are still preparing; we are still looking at different players in different positions. I am still in an experimental situation although you go in any match to win it.

“We are trying to build a new squad, a different way of playing and it takes time. The core of the team is there but there are going to be changes here and there to have a look at different ideas.”

The Briton would be hoping that striker Roderick Mutuma will continue with his fine start to his United career by scoring against his former side.

Mutuma grabbed the headlines last week ahead of today’s match as he taunted DeMbare.

The CAPS forward’s every touch will attract noise from Dynamos boo-boys who would like to get their point across to Mutuma.

However, DeMbare assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they will not pay special attention to Mutuma.

“He (Mutuma) is one player we are not reading much into. There won’t be any special attention on him. This is not a revenge match; remember we are still in pre-season,” Ndiraya said.

“For us, it is a good test to know where we stand, but we won’t base our motivation on the fact that we lost last month.

“With the new season starting soon, bragging rights are up for grabs in this pre-season showdown, but a lot has changed for both teams.

“We are most concerned on building a strong side before the season starts.

“We are not reading much into the match we played the last time. I am sure it’s going to be a very competitive match this time around because we have done our homework.

“Whenever we play we always want to do well. We have since put behind that result and we are looking forward to new challenges.

“We have had about eight weeks of pre-season and I think we are getting there. We hope the season will start a bit earlier.”

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