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Blockbuster at Barbourfields

Dynamos have not been the vintage force of last season, but they still find themselves right in the thick of things as they battle Highlanders and Harare City for the Castle lager Premier League title.

Kevin Mapasure

Their visit to Barbourfields, for what should be a tempestuous contest against Highlanders on Sunday, could make or break their title ambitions this season.

Having had it all too easy against poor Tripple B, destined for Division One next season, the Glamour Boys are aware that those were only the footand hills with the real peak looming on Sunday.

The match is just one of a tantalising line-up on SuperSport which also features the El Clasico and the Soweto derby.

Dynamos have had a poor run, failing to win in four games prior to their victory over Tripple B, but their performance on Sunday may not necessarily reflect a return to form needed to win the championship for the third time running.

Both teams have been working hard, paying attention to the smallest of details as they prepare to tussle for what could be the most important three points of the season.

Dynamos will need to do a lot more against Kelvin Kaindu’s side that knows all too well that a win could thrust them six points clear, with just four matches to be played.

Matches between the two rivals are almost always intense but this time the stakes appear to be higher.

Bosso have all the firepower, especially upfront where Njabulo Ncube has a good scoring touch while Masimba Mambare has hit top form just in time with Gabriel Nyoni, who was plucked from obscurity in lower divisions, proving a worthy addition.

Their biggest threat is Patson Jaure in the heart of Dynamos’ defence, who in recent years has proved to be the difference between the two teams many times by thwarting the Bulawayo giants.

A defeat would certainly mean recriminations for DeMbare coach Kalisto Pasuwa who endured a welter of criticism during the dry spell four games prior to Tripple B.

Dynamos strikers have struggled for consistency and Washington Pakamisa’s goal against Tripple B might be what he needed to hit top gear again.

And while all the focus and attention is on Bulawayo, Harare City are going about their business quietly and their match against Buffaloes will be just as important.

Coach Bigboy Mawiwi said they are firmly focused on their match and are looking at picking up maximum points in their last five outings.
Harare City has 45 points, the same as Dynamos and two behind Highlanders.

“We will not worry ourselves about what happens in other matches. We just focus on our own game as have been working towards achieving maximum points. No game is more important than the other at this stage of the season and none is easier. We are playing Buffaloes who are quite a good side. They are very tactful, they have good strikers and they are a good offensive side. We have worked on our game with their strengths in mind.”

The end of the topflight league doesn’t get any more gripping.
The 2013 Castle Lager Premier league season seems to have been plucked from the pages of a fairy tale and has so far matched all expectations.

Saturday: FC Platinum v Shabanie, Mandava SS9; Motor Action v Black Rhinos, Motor Action Sports Club; Caps United v How Mine, National Sports Stadium and Tripple b v Triangle Dulibadzimu stadium.
Sunday: Highlanders v Dynamos, Barbourfields SS9; Hwange v Black Mambas, Colliery stadium and Monomotapa v Chicken Inn, Gwanzura.

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