'CAPS will lose'

HARARE - After years of trying and failing to be in the winners’ corner of the Harare derby, Dominic Mukandi is hoping today will finally be his chance in the sun.

The 28-year-old midfield hardman is on a mission to gun down his former club and prove he has a future in a team he was cultured to hate during his days at Makepekepe.

Mukandi says he thought he had hit the jackpot when he joined United in 2013 following the relegation of Monomotapa in November the previous season.

But the two years he spent at Makepekepe were punctuated by off field monetary problems and brought no championship glory or derby success leaving Mukandi  to count his losses.

Frustrated, the former Monomotapa midfielder did not hide his reasons for crossing the great divide, saying a better signing-on fee, and salary lured him to the blue half of the City.

And anyway, with CAPS cowering every time they faced Dynamos in the last seven years, Mukandi decided to jump ship and join a winning team.

“Failure to beat Dynamos during my days at CAPS United pushed me to join them,” Mukandi told the Daily News on Sunday.

“And I feel very much at home. Like the old adage that if you can’t beat them join them. And I can tell you nothing will change. CAPS will lose again on Sunday (today).

“This is the game that I have been waiting for since the start of the season and I have been working very hard.”

The midfielder is aware the boo boys will taunt him throughout today’s match, but seems not too fazed.

He insists he will not let the vitriol expected to come from the City End bay which houses United fans will not affect his game.

There is always a hostile reception whenever these two teams meet and in such cases ex-players suffer dearly.

“There is always tension when you face your former club moreso in a derby. So I know fans will definitely boo me but I am ready for it. In any case it will actually inspire me to do well,” Mukandi said.

“I feel my game has improved a lot since I left United. I am going to unleash my best in this game that United has never seen in me. I have been at CAPS and I know them inside out.

“People might say Dynamos have been struggling lately but I can assure you that football is played on the pitch. I am confident we will pick-up maximum points on Sunday (today) and maintain the dominance.”

Having started off his career at DeMbare juniors, Mukandi feels he is no stranger to the Glamour Boys culture.

“When I left Dynamos juniors, I wanted to prove a point but I later on realised that I was lost,” he said.

“In the end I had to come back home and I am ready to contribute to the cause of the team so that they pick-up maximum points,” he said.

Mukandi went on to say that he has never had any doubts about the team, and that the only surprise is that the first win didn’t come earlier.

Only time will tell if the Monomotapa player has hit the jackpot.


Today: Bulawayo City v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS)

Tomorrow: Ngezi Platinum Stars v FC Platinum (Baobab, SS), Border Strikers v Mutare City Rovers (Maglas)

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