The 78th edition of the Harare derby is back this Sunday as Harare’s two big clubs clash at the National Sports Stadium as CAPS United host Dynamos, but a close look at the statistics around this year’s league race shows that this match will decide a lot in this year’s title matrix.
Dynamos, arguably the country’s most successful team is always good at getting results when it matters this most worse of when they are close the title contestants, they face a stern test against the defending champions.
Those who watched them under Kalisto Pasuwa winning the league four years in a row against Kalisto Pasuwa will testify how Dembare crushed anything that came their way especially after August.
But can Dynamos do the same this year?
They play CAPS United this Sunday a team that has endured a number of years under the shadow of their success but they have not managed to beat Makepekepe since 2014.
The Green Machine have played in the African Champions league where they knocked out African Champions TP Mazembe beat giants Zamalek, know what the Harare derby means to their supporters who expect nothing short of a victory this Sunday.
But Dynamos are not push overs. They have won 5 of their last matches beating Triangle 2-1 at Rufaro, beat Black Rhinos 1-0, won against Hwange 2 nil, ruthlessly crushed How Mine 6-0 and humbled Yadah by 2-0.
Having started the season on a low note, credit goes to their loyal son and coach Lloyd Mutasa, who is on the verge of a 23rd league title and a victory on Sunday will make their intentions very clear.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa has even declared that the resurgent giant will be searching for nothing short of a victory.
“ At this stage of the season, the only thing we are worried about is collecting points,” said Mutasa.
Dynamos are currently third on the log, 3 points behind log leaders Chicken Inn who are on 48 points but the former champions have 2 games in hand plus a superior goal different.
Add to that Dynamos have won the league in the every year with a number 7 having done it in 1987, 1997, 2007 and this year is 2017- to the superstitious ones Sunday’s match will be a time to witness a victory.
CAPS United on one hand have managed to get three victories a 2-1 against title contenders FC Platinum, a 3-0 victory against Ngezi Platinum, a 2-1 against a struggling Black Rhinos and two draws; a 1 all draw against Tsholotsho and last week’s goalless draw against Chapungu.
It has often been said that form does not count in these derbies and surely all await an interesting match come Sunday.