WHEN Caps United received an embarrassing football lesson at the hands of Highlanders a little over a month ago, the feeling was that the Green Machine had permanently slipped and was only visible in Bosso’s rear view mirror.
Yet just a few weeks on Caps will claim top spot on the Castle Lager Premier League if they win their next match, but such a prospect will only come as an afterthought with their mission primarily to end a barren spell against their arch-nemesis Dynamos.
The soundtrack of the moment is obviously the Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup final that will feature Germany and Argentina which will be played on Sunday night, yet for locals expected to throng the 60 000-seater arena for The Big Harare Derby, the Caps-Dynamos match might rival the global showcase for Monday morning conversation.
The stage is set for what could be one of the most enthrallingly of the enduring Harare derby duels and Dynamos will not easily relinquish their position above Caps, more importantly their stranglehold on the bragging rights to this fixture.
Caps last beat Dynamos in the league in 2009.
The ‘Prince’ is back, right on time. Rodrick Mutuma marked his return to the local topflight with a goal for the Glamour Boys against Black Rhinos last Sunday.
He will need no re-orientation on what beating Caps means and he too will want to use this big stage to show that he is still a talent despite being dumped by South African clubs.
Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa likes to call upon his veterans for such ties and Murape Murape always finds himself in the starting lineup.
Tawanda Muparati has the reputation of deciding derbies and he will relish the prospect of breaking the Makepekepe hearts once again.
Since he joined Caps United, skipper Tapuwa Kumbuyani has never tasted victory in the Harare Derby in a league match.
Sunday presents another opportunity for Caps to get the monkey off their back and record what would be a famous victory.
Coach Taurai Mangwiro has performed wonders on a shoestring budget, building a strong side capable of challenging for the league title, but the derby win has eluded him.
The teams have all to play for, separated by just goal difference on second and third position on the league table and a win will give breathing space to the victor.
Not even the World Cup can dampen the Harare Derby.