THE last time Caps United beat Dynamos US President Barack Obama had just been inaugurated as the country’s first black leader.
Report by Kevin Mapasure
He has since served a full term and successfully sought reelection. All along Caps have been DeMbare’s whipping boys.
On Sunday at the National Sports stadium the Green Machine will take another shot at Dynamos hoping to halt its poor recent record against the side.
The big Harare derby is Zimbabwe’s version of other famous city rivalries world-wide and again the city will naturally come to a standstill as the two enemies have another go at each other.
Of course this will not be just another contest for three points; a lot more is at stake as both sides tussle for bragging rights. Last year Caps united lost both league matches against Dynamos in addition to a cup game, but much has changed in both camps which makes this fixture all the more enticing.
Players have crossed the floor across both camps with strikers Clive Kawinga and Washington Pakamisa moving to Dynamos, while defender George Magariro opted for Caps after he was deemed too old and slow for the Glamour Boys.
Magariro has since proved he still has the legs for the topflight while Pakamisa, who arrived at Dynamos after he was fired by Caps amid skepticism over his pedigree, has turned out to be a wise free acquisition. His return of six goals in the last four matches has caused discomfort in the Caps camp.
Tawanda Nyamandwe is one of the strikers that Caps will be looking up to provide penetration at the tip of their diamond.
Caps have shown indifferent form and you would have to go to three games back when they destroyed Black Mambas 4-1 for a glimpse into what they can achieve if they play at their best. Against Shabanie they were everywhere like a video-game team under the control of a six year old on PlayStation.
On Sunday both sides will try to ride on the impetus of last week’s wins with Caps victorious at Triangle while Dynamos made light work of struggling Hwange.
Caps coach Taurai Mangwiro said he expects a fierce contest but admitted his side is under pressure to win.
“It will be a hard fought battle; both sides are coming into the match on the back of positive results but we are under pressure to win against Dynamos,” said Mangwiro.
“We cannot continue losing to Dynamos; it has to come to an end as it has been happening for too long now. From what I saw in Triangle, I think this time we have the team that can upstage Dynamos.
The players are ready; we have got good news as some players have regained fitness so everyone wants to be involved in the big match.”
Since his return to the hot seat after suspension for alleged match-fixing Mangwiro will for the first time have all players fit for selection following the timely return of Rahman Kutsanzira, Pride Tafirenyika and defender Arnold Chivheya who all missed the last match.
Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati, who has haunted Caps in the past, is a potential match winner for Pasuwa’s side as is import Boban Zirintusa who played a blinder last week after he was restored to his preferred position in central midfield.