Harare derby continues

HARARE - Just before the dust had settled after last weekend’s match, CAPS United and Dynamos clash again this afternoon in the third instalment of the Harare derby inside four weeks.

The two teams clash in the semi-final of the Zimbabwe National Army Commanders Charities Shield at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

DeMbare and Makepekepe have already met twice in pre-season tournaments; the first being the Sino-Zim Cement Challenge Cup which the Green Machine won by beating Dynamos 6-5 after a penalty shoot-out.

The Glamour Boys levelled matters after lifting the Bob 91 Super Cup on Sunday, beating Makepekepe 1-0, leaving this afternoon’s match more important for both teams.

A win today for either side will solidify their credentials as strong title contenders in 2015 Castle Premiership season.

The Green Machine, who were reeling under serious financial challenges for the past seasons, have now been rescued by a financial injection by their new principal sponsors Zing.

With their financial problems now solved, Makepekepe will be looking to end Dynamos’ dominance over them and if they win today it will be a relief to CAPS fans.

The Glamour Boys with their new coach David ‘Yogi’ Mandigora are likely to use this match to steer confidence into DeMbare supporters, showing that Yogi is able to match the standards which were set by former coach Calisto Pasuwa.

However, both teams have for the whole week tried to downplay the importance of this match with CAPS coach Mark Harrison saying it was less of a priority to them.

“It’s not an ideal situation; I have to be honest with you. We are preparing for Whawha that is our main priority and the game on Sunday will not be my priority,” Harrison said earlier this week.

“The game on Sunday (today)will be probably a mix of young players and fringe players because we have a friendly on Saturday where we would play our strong team,” added Harrison.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderayi Ndiraya said it was not good for the two big teams to meet every week as the derby will likely to lose relevance and fizzle out.

“As big teams, you don’t want to play each other week in, week out, you always want the derby to have that glamour,” Ndiraya said.

The other semi-final match will see How Mine and Highlanders clash at Barbourfields Stadium in another potentially explosive Bulawayo derby.

“It will be a good platform for us to measure where we are before the season starts,” Masomere said earlier this week.

“We want to see whether we are going in the right direction in terms of preparing for the upcoming season — so obviously, we are going to take this match seriously.

“Currently, I am happy with our preparations for the season and I think by the time the seasons starts, everyone will be geared to play,” added Masomere.

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