Here we go again! Another Big Harare Derby on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium, exactly the start the One Wallet Cup needed.
It is also just what the fans, left disappointed by news that they would have to wait for another week to witness the second edition of the Dynamos-Caps Castle lager Premier League clash after last week’s thrilling stalemate, craved.
This time there is no World Cup counter-attraction, just the Big Harare Derby which comes after the Bulawayo derby featuring Highlanders and How Mine to be played tomorrow at Ascot Stadium, which will be broadcast live on SuperSport.
Local football doesn’t come any bigger than the Dynamos-Caps clash; this is the real deal and attendance figures attest to that.
Had Dynamos drawn any other team it would have meant fans would have had to wait until next week for another clash of the Harare titans, which seemed a lifetime especially after the enthralling entertainment in the one-all drawn match last week.
As an added bonus there is a guarantee of three Big Harare Derbies in three weeks and this must be the first time it has happened.
This is turning out to be a really special season.
It has not happened in a long time that the big three featuring Caps, Dynamos and Highlanders all hit top form in the same period and all three are playing well now.
It’s easy to forget that Harare City will also play Triangle at 1pm this afternoon before FC Platinum take on Chicken Inn two hours later at Mandava stadium in the same competition.
After the first three quarter-finals the focus shifts to the Big Harare Derby which has all the ingredients to be a special one.
Dynamos have been boosted by the availability of attacker Masimba Mambare, but while it will be a good piece of news the frontline is not necessarily Kalisto Pasuwa’s major worry.
DeMbare are short of manpower at the back and their problem has been exacerbated by the departure of Patson Jaure, a move that has left a gaping hole on Dynamos’ rearguard.
Caps will feel encouraged to face a Dynamos side devoid of Jaure who was instrumental in shutting out the Makepekepe striking duo of Leonard Fiyado and Dominic Chungwa.
Makepekepe have financial woes and this is their opportunity to go all the way and claim the US$80 000 prize money.