IF there is any match that gets the Dynamos camp nervous about their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship race with Highlanders and one that gives Bosso guarded optimism about their title chances, it is this weekend’s DeMbare versus Monomotapa derby.
Report by Kevin Mapasure
The feeling is that if Dynamos pass this test then the league title is theirs even though they would still need at least one win in matches against Hardbody and Buffaloes.
Two points still separate the title rivals after their stalemate at Rufaro last week.
A few weeks ago Highlanders mentor Kelvin Kaindu watched in horror as Monomotapa humiliated his then unbeaten side 3-0 at Rufaro stadium before they were knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup in Hwange by the same team.
Dynamos needed Monomotapa to deliver against Highlanders, but they did more by dominating and destroying Bosso to aid DeMbare’s championship quest.
Bosso will hope for the same favour on Sunday, but they also need to do a good job against FC Platinum.
Highlanders hope Osbourne Mukuradare, who scored a brace against them in the cup match, punishes Dynamos the way he punished them.
Monomotapa is one of only three teams to deny Dynamos any points this term after registering a 1-0 win.
The team has a vast array of youthful attacking talent but Ronald Chitiyo and Kuda Musharu have been the stand-out performers in a fine season thus far for Monos.
The former champions’ attacking flair will be pitted against a Dynamos side which strives for effectiveness rather than the spectacular.
Chitiyo has the ability to dissect defences and finishes with the confidence of a seasoned center forward if given the chance.
Dynamos can only ignore him at their own peril.
For DeMbare, Denver Mukamba’s attacking spark will be crucial once again as is Simba Sithole’s precision in attack.
This match will certainly attract keen interest from the Bosso faithful who regard the match as their only chance to overhaul DeMbare at the top.
While FC Platinum could also present a stern challenge for Bosso, the way Bosso dominated their first meeting makes it hard to imagine them losing the match at Barbourfields.
However, Highlanders will again need Masimba Mambare at his best; he often provides the crucial goals as his team cannot afford anything less than three points.