THE tussle for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title is tantalisingly set for more twists and turns this weekend when the big Harare derby explodes at Rufaro Stadium in what should be a tense contest between fierce rivals Dynamos and Caps United.
There are derbies in other parts of the country but the most enduring of them is always the one featuring Dynamos and Caps.
How Mine hosts Highlanders in a Bulawayo derby at Barbourfields Stadium, but the big Harare derby hogs this week’s limelight.
This fixture has turned up in different forms in its 71 league-match history; many times enthrallingly entertaining, sometimes gripping, others fast and ferocious, a few times dull while occasionally it has been error-strewn and cagey.Which one is going to show up this Sunday?
There is so much at stake to ensure this one will neither be dull nor cagey.
Three points separate the two sides with DeMbare on 38 points and the Green Machine has a chance to catch up on the leading pack that includes Harare City and Highlanders.
A draw would suit Dynamos in as much as it would maintain its gap over Caps, but it may not count as a good result when one considers Harare City and Highlanders are in contention.
It is a must win match for both teams and only an open pound-for-pound punch-up is expected in front of what should be a full house at the traditional home of football.
Both teams are at the peak of their powers with Caps having an impressive unbeaten run in 10 matches.
Since that 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dynamos in May Makepekepe has been in imperious form dispatching, among others Highlanders, Monomotapa, FC Platinum and Hwange.
Caps has not beaten Dynamos in a long time having tried on many occasions and Sunday presents yet another opportunity for Taurai Mangwiro’s men to correct that anomaly.
For Caps, the challenge is to match Dynamos’ competitive intensity when it plays at Rufaro Stadium, while DeMbare faces the challenge to contend with a determined Green Machine desperate to get rid of a record that irritates everyone in its camp.
Caps’ bedrock for success has been an attacking midfield triumvirate of Rahman Kutsanzira, Benson Maglas and Hardlife Zvirekwi who most teams have found tough to contend with.
Upfront Dominic Chungwa has been supplying the goals with the aid of Leonard Fiyado and Tawanda Nyamandwe.
Dynamos also possess a potent attack comprising former Caps attacker Washington Pakamisa, Russell Madamombe and Tawanda Muparati.
Caps will be without defender Arnold Chivheya while DeMbare will be missing Thomas Magorimbo through suspension but has an injury free squad leaving coach Kalisto Pasuwa with the luxury to pick his team from an array of talent.