The escape of Dynamos’ ominous power this term has stolen all the attention yet Caps United’s strike of gold, FC Platinum’s strengthened title credentials and of course Highlanders, really should be taking centre stage in a season that promises to be a dream one.
Report by Kevin Mapasure
Prophets of doom had earlier predicted the fall of Twine Phiri’s empire at the Green Machine when he deposed of the core of the team from last term but suddenly they are staking a genuine claim for the holy-grail of local football,the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League silverware.
Others thought it was a foolish move by Caps, who only reassured themselves a place in the topflight late into the season last term after dipping their toes into relegation waters, to do away with experience but the first five matches have vindicated the former champions’ owner after all.
On current evidence Caps’ transfer maneuvres look to have been the best after they plucked a gem in Ronald Pfumbidzai whose dexterity with the ball has captured the attention of everybody else except Warriors coach Klaus Dieter Pagels.
Striker Tawanda Nyamandwe has continued to do for Caps routines he did at Monomotapa while George Magariro who came on the free has tucked in well in the centre of the defence with Arnold Chivheya who has started in dream form.
FC Platinum, under new guidance in Zambian mentor Tennant Chilumba, have been transformed from a mediocre, over-hyped and over-prized group into a team of purpose, conviction and competitive ability, having won four of the first five games only losing in their local derby to Shabanie.
But the story has been about Dynamos, failing to recapture the form of last term where they swept all silverware on offer, managing a perfect record of draws this far.
It is a start that prior to the new season would have been beyond the imagination of many and surely it has to end this weekend when they take on Tripple B at Mandava.
The debutants had a bad start but have won their last two matches and this might be the best time to play a Dynamos side under pressure from a demanding fan base and quite low on confidence.
Caps without star striker Nyamandwe and midfielder Hardlife Zvirekwi, host Black Mambas who have slithered their way to third on the table having won three, drawn one and lost one of their first five.
Just below Mambas, Buffaloes have tip toed from the basement to fourth having won their last three after starting off with two defeats.
Highlanders must have been pleased with their electric start recording three wins from as many matches but they have managed just one point in the last two.
They host army side Black Rhinos who like everybody else are also picking up points and refusing early relegation.
This match is as important for Kelvin Kaindu as it is for Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa, the Bosso faithfuls want to see upward mobility only and nothing else.
Saturday; Caps v Black Mambas, Gwanzura, Motor Action v Buffaloes, Motor Action Sports Club, Harare City v How Mine, Rufaro, FC Platinum v Triangle, Mandava.
Sunday; Monomotapa v Shabanie, Rufaro, Hwange v Chicken Inn, Colliery, Highlanders v Black Rhinos, Babourfields, Tripple B v Dynamos, Mandava.