THE setting would be just the same and the characters in the battle exactly the same as the giants of Bulawayo on Sunday revive fond memories of events on December 16 2001 at Barbourfields Stadi
There will only be one difference though: whereas that encounter was the last match of the season, Sunday’s would be followed by other matches.
Both Usuthu and Bosso know pretty well that the result could simply decide who clinches the championship.
In 2001 it was closely fought and needed a 30th minute penalty conversion by Highlanders’ Charles Chilufya to decide the championship.
Bosso enter Sunday’s match leading the log with 45 points, two ahead of second-placed Usuthu who however, have two games in hand.
Although it would seem that Usuthu’s chances firmly lie in the two games in hand, Sunday’s match has a huge bearing on the championship destiny for two reasons. Firstly, Usuthu’s two games in hand are tough away assignments against Caps United and Sporting Lions. Secondly, of the two other matches Usuthu still have to play, one will be away to Chapungu which is in danger of relegation.
Given that scenario, pinning hopes on the two games in hand would be a high risk for Usuthu, and hence the flamboyant outfit needs victory.
Not to imply that Bosso has it any easier. The champions’ last two matches will be away to relegation-threatened Shabanie Mine before they host Sporting Lions at Barbourfields Stadium.
Although Bosso’s record against Shabanie is impressive, it is the fact that the asbestos miners face an end to their three-year flirtation in the top-flight league that presents Bosso an uphill task at Maglas Stadium.
Sunday’s match will be decided in the midfield where Richard Choruma, currently leading the Bosso campaign for the title, will combine with Honour Gombami to square up against his Warriors colleagues – Esrom Nyandoro and Ronald Sibanda.
The predicament of both Bosso and Usuthu paves the way for Dynamos. Contrary to the ruling out of DeMbare by some observers, the team could eventually clinch the title. DeMbare’s last three matches will be played in Harare.
On Sunday they host Chapungu before winding up the season against Motor Action and Kambuzuma United. Third on the log, DeMbare trails Bosso by only three points.
Saturday: Sundowns v Sporting Lions (Luveve)
Sunday: Dynamos v Chapungu (Rufaro); and Highlanders v Amazulu (Barbourfields).