Dynamos vs Highlanders

Kevin Mapasure
ONCE it was announced the match between  Zimbabwe’s football giants Highlanders and Dynamos was to finally take place at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, it has become the soundtrack of the week.And by the time the Bulawayo City Council workers brush off the final debris from the Barbourfields grand stands, the game could still be dominating talk.
It is never an ordinary football match when Dynamos and Highlanders clash and this time a lot is at stake.
To many this is the mother of all local football matches, but of course Caps United fans will argue otherwise.
This is one match that has been moved on the calendar more than any other this season, having been originally set for week two of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league, and finally other games have been suspended to give precedence to this titanic clash.
Highlanders have led from day one and have refused to relinquish top spot even to Shabanie who like Bosso have played above pre-season expectations.
Dynamos will try to force their old foe into relinquishing that spot and their top spot clamour can only gather pace with three points in this match, yet for Bosso this is the chance to consolidate their lead.
Highlanders have picked up 32 points from 14 matches while Dynamos have 23 from 11.
The match between the two giants is almost always the best occasion for any player to shine against good opposition.
When stakes are so high that there is the championship at stake, added to the usual bragging rights, the two teams can only serve nothing short of compelling but nerve-shredding football.
It is never a normal victory when Dynamos defeat Highlanders neither can it be a normal defeat when DeMbare lose to Bosso.
After relinquishing continental responsibilities, albeit reluctantly after losing to Angola’s Interclube, Dynamos will be playing with shackles off.
DeMbare has been through it all this season— the heavy defeat, 6-0 to Esperance; the big win, 6-0 over BLUE Rangers while their opponents on Sunday have been through everything else except defeat in 14 matches so far.
Dynamos have got Takesure Chinyama in their line-up, whose physical robustness Bosso can only fantasise about, yet too Kelvin Kaindu’s team, in striker Graham Ncube have got a player who in his own way can destroy defenses and score important goals.
But the real Bosso fulcrum is Mthulisi Maphosa who, playing at the base of the midfield and with armband on his arm has led with conviction.
Dynamos is still trying to get to terms with the departure of Denver Mukamba who not so long ago was the microcosm of the team with his ball-carrying ferocity proving a lethal weapon for the champions.
They probably wish this match had been played earlier when he was still around.
But his name should be put into a box for storage while they look for another candidate to take over cotrol of the team.
They have so far bought Cliff Sekete  who could feature in Sunday’s contest but Pasuwa is quite unpredictable in the manner he lines-up his team.
He could surprise Kaindu with one or two players but what is most likely is that the Bosso defense will have to contend with Chinyama and Rodreck Mutuma.
Kaindu has transformed last term’s rubble into a competent championship contender after bringing in new players and it has helped restore this fixture’s lustre.
It’s a match quite tough to predict. It is advisable to just wait for the big Sunday.