Redemption vs Glory

HARARE - The Harare derby between Dynamos and CAPS United pits two teams with totally different objectives as the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership seasons hurtles to an end.

For DeMbare, this season has largely been one to forget for the record Zimbabwe champions, who pride themselves in finishing almost every season in first or second place.

However, 2016 has been a nightmare; the Glamour Boys started the season under Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva, whose behaviour was a hindrance to the club’s cause.

Silva was able to conjure up only one win in his opening five league games and was replaced by his assistant Lloyd Mutasa.

At that stage, the Glamour Boys were in the relegation zone as they struggled to adapt to the cranky Portuguese’s methods and philosophy  

At first, DeMbare looked like they had turned a corner under Mutasa as they won six of his first eight matches but it was only a false dawn.

Dynamos were trapped in a deep chasm that not only required a change in coaching personnel but the entire institution.

Players were coming to training drunk and abusing drugs while the never-ending battle of control of the popular club continues to simmer in the background.

DeMbare enter today’s match in fifth position on the log, some 14 points behind Makepekepe with only four games to play before the season ends.

They are now in a three-way battle for fourth place with ZPC Kariba and Chicken Inn.

This season will be the first time since 2010 the Glamour Boys are going to finish the season outside the top two — a huge indictment their demanding and proud fans will find hard to stomach after getting accustomed to success year-in-year-out.

Already this season, Dynamos have lost twice to FC Platinum in the league which is something the Zvishavane-based side had not been able to achieve since their promotion into the top flight in 2011.

Highlanders also completed a double over DeMbare — a feat they last achieved in 2006 on their way to win the title.

CAPS United also registered their first win in the Harare derby since 2009 with Dominic Chungwa’s solitary strike sealing all three points for the Green Machine earlier this season.

Basically, Dynamos have been poor in 2016 and have lost their fear factor which helped them dominate the domestic league.

However, despite all the troubles they have faced, a win over the old enemy this afternoon will go a long way in atoning for the suffering their fans have gone through.

On the other hand, Makepekepe go into this match chasing their first league title since 2005.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s side are on 53 points, one ahead of FC Platinum, who drew 1-1 with Ngezi Platinum Stars yesterday, while Highlanders are on 50 points.

Makepekepe know pretty well that if they win their remaining four matches, they will be crowned champions.

While there appears to be gold at the end of the rainbow, another incentive which will probably be driving United is a rare chance of completing a double over DeMbare.

The last time Makepekepe achieved the double in this fixture was way back in 2005.

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