THE new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season is just a few weeks old, and predictions could be dangerous so early on.
But events in the league so far point to another championship victory for Caps United who have only played two games due to a sponsorship wrangle involving the Harare side, the PSL, Econet and Net*One.
Caps could as well dominate the league for the next few seasons if they keep their side intact and the other sides do not do anything worthwhile to transform their teams. The defending champions have simply been a class apart in the two games that they have played so far, displaying attacking and flowing football that only themselves can produce.
It’s really a tale of one team and 15 other sides.
Looking at the Caps side, it is only fair to say that Cephas Chimedza, a left back, is a more dangerous player than an average striker from any of the other 15 teams.
Caps’ cause is not only helped by their own invincibility, but by the type of opposition on offer.
High-spending Motor Action which had a promising start to the season fired early warning shots when they walloped fallen giants Dynamos 5-0. But after drawing and losing in their last two matches, even a neutral observer’s worst fears that Eric Rosen’s men are not championship contenders after all were confirmed.
So who can challenge Caps for their title?
Highlanders? Well, even after a false start to the season, only a passive follower can rule out Bosso as serious contenders. But then Bosso are no longer the side they used to be a couple of seasons ago and it will take something extremely special to dislodge the well-oiled Green Machine.
Dynamos? Even the Glamour Boys know that they are out of the race one more year. But what hurts the multitudes of the DeMbare fans is that the realisation has come so early in the season, and after the team seemed to have got their house in order and acquired lucrative sponsorship.
It’s most likely that it will be Caps all the way again.
Weekend Buddie PSL fixtures:
Tomorrow:Black Rhinos vs Caps (Rufaro); Eiffel Wildcats vs Motor Action (Rimuka); Chapungu vs Railstars (Ascot); Masvingo vs Buymore (Mucheke)
Sunday: Hwange vs Lancashire (Hwange); Monomotapa vs Highlanders (National Sports Stadium)
Monday: Caps vs Sundowns (National Sports Stadium); Black Rhinos vs Shabanie (Rufaro); Amazulu vs Dynamos (Luveve)