Who triumphs, who bows?

Enock Muchinjo

THE moment of truth has come. On Sunday, the Buddie Premier Soccer League wraps up in one of the tightest races in the history of the league.



l, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The weekend brings back memories of the 1996 season when former champions Dynamos won the title on the last day of the season, albeit in controversial circumstances.


That season, Dynamos were level on points with Blackpool going into the last round of matches. But the league chiefs at the time, in apparent defiance of fair play and professionalism, gave Dynamos a massive lifeline when they let them play on Sunday when they would know exactly what goal cushion they needed to pip Blackpool, who had played on their last game the previous day.


This time around, Dynamos are involved in another close shave – at the wrong end of the table. Dynamos, who spent most of this season serving as a punching bag for most of the PSL sides, have managed a mini recovery in the dying moments of the season, scoring eleven goals in their last three successive wins. Their last win, a comprehensive 5-0 drubbing of Railstars at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday, shows a team that is in a hurry to rest fears of a shock demotion from the top-flight league.


To be totally safe from relegation, De Mbare have to win against title chasers Masvingo at Mucheke Stadium. Any result will put the destiny in the hands of their fellow strugglers, who themselves are determined to survive the chop.


Talking of Masvingo, the bushmen saw their pursuit of the championship taking a knock when they were felled 1-0 by Rhinos last week. Adding savour to the suspense on the last weekend, is the domain factor at both ends of the league. Title-chasers Masvingo will win their first-ever title if they beat relegation-threatened Dynamos, and hope that title-favourites Caps slip against relegation-fighting Black Rhinos, gallant victors over Masvingo last week.


But it could still turn out to be an anti-climax at the top of the league. Caps have looked an ordinary side in the last lap due to the loss of six players on an ill-fated tour of the UK in August. But Charles Mhlauri’s men are capable of pulling a cat out of the bag with a sealing victory over Rhinos.


Final Buddie PSL fixures:


All matches on Sunday: Caps United v Black Rhinos (NSS); Amazulu v Buymore (Luveve); Chapungu v Lancashire (Ascot); Eiffel Wildcats v Shabanie Mine (Rimuka); Masvingo United v Dynamos (Mucheke); Monomotapa v Hwange (Sakubva); Motor Action v Sundowns (Callies); Railstars v Highlanders (Barboufields).