It's derby time

DYNAMOS and CAPS United renew their rivalry in the first instalment of the Harare derby at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The fixture is always a major highlight of the Castle Lager Premiership and this weekend is no different.

CAPS go into Sunday’s match high on confidence after an impressive start to the 2016 season.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s men currently occupy second spot on the log with seven points having won two and drawn once of their opening three fixtures.

United began their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chapungu at the National Sports Stadium at the start of this month.

In their second match, Makepekepe travelled to Baobab  Stadium to face newcomers Ngezi Platinum Stars and were unfortunate not emerge with all three points when the home side equalised right at the death of the game to force a 1-1 draw.

Last weekend, CAPS came from behind to overcome neighbours Harare City 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten run.
Makepekepe trail log leaders FC Platinum by only two points going into match day four.
Chitembwe played down their win against City ahead of the big game.

“It’s not really about Dynamos. We always prepare all of our matches the same way,” Chitembwe said.
The last time Makepekepe tasted victory in the derby was back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi scored a double to silence DeMbare at Rufaro Stadium.

Ironically, Chitembwe was the United coach when the Green Machine last beat the Glamour Boys in a league encounter.

Since then, the Glamour Boys have dominated this fixture with ruthless efficiency but CAPS feel they can turn around their fortunes this time around.

“ . . . We are working hard to beat Dynamos this time around. I think the current crop of players we have in our team this year understands the importance of the derby and are eager to ensure we beat Dynamos come Sunday,” CAPS forward Leonard Tsipa said this week ahead of the fierce battle.

On the other hand, Dynamos have started the season on a rather slow note like they have done in previous seasons.

The Glamour Boys were walloped 3-0 by defending champions Chicken Inn in their opening game of the season.
DeMbare shipped in three goals in the last 25 minutes following the sending off of forward Richard Kawondera.
The Harare giants put in a good performance in their second game but could only draw 0-0 with Triangle.
Off-field issues, however, dominated the Glamour Boys’ displays as new coach Paulo Jorge Silva attracted a lot of negative publicity.

Silva had running battles with the press and his assistants as he claimed there was a third force behind his team’s failure to find the back of the net.
In the end, the DeMbare hierarchy moved in to quell the situation and demanded Silva to win his next three matches or face the sack together with his assistants.
Last weekend, DeMbare travelled to the eastern highlands where they emerged with a 2-1 win over Mutare City Rovers at Sakubva Stadium.
Silva’s attention is now set solely on winning Sunday’s derby to ensure he will remain with a job.   
“We are going to play to win... I’m not under any pressure except the pressure that comes with coaching a big team like Dynamos. This is a big club and the fans have big expectations . . . I’m giving 100 percent and I expect everyone to also give 100 percent,” Silva said after the Mutare Rovers match. — Godknows Matarutse

Fixtures:
Tomorrow: Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro, SS), Chapungu v Tsholotsho (Ascot), How Mine v Triangle United (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Chicken Inn (Nyamhunga)
Sunday: Border Strikers v Mutare City Rovers (TBA), Bulawayo City v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS)
Monday: Ngezi Platinum Stars v FC Platinum (Baobab, SS)

United began their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chapungu at the National Sports Stadium at the start of this month.

In their second match, Makepekepe travelled to Baobab  Stadium to face newcomers Ngezi Platinum Stars and were unfortunate not emerge with all three points when the home side equalised right at the death of the game to force a 1-1 draw.

Last weekend, CAPS came from behind to overcome neighbours Harare City 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten run.
Makepekepe trail log leaders FC Platinum by only two points going into match day four.
Chitembwe played down their win against City ahead of the big game.

“It’s not really about Dynamos. We always prepare all of our matches the same way,” Chitembwe said.
The last time Makepekepe tasted victory in the derby was back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi scored a double to silence DeMbare at Rufaro Stadium.

Ironically, Chitembwe was the United coach when the Green Machine last beat the Glamour Boys in a league encounter.

Since then, the Glamour Boys have dominated this fixture with ruthless efficiency but CAPS feel they can turn around their fortunes this time around.

“ . . . We are working hard to beat Dynamos this time around. I think the current crop of players we have in our team this year understands the importance of the derby and are eager to ensure we beat Dynamos come Sunday,” CAPS forward Leonard Tsipa said this week ahead of the fierce battle.

On the other hand, Dynamos have started the season on a rather slow note like they have done in previous seasons.

The Glamour Boys were walloped 3-0 by defending champions Chicken Inn in their opening game of the season.
DeMbare shipped in three goals in the last 25 minutes following the sending off of forward Richard Kawondera.
The Harare giants put in a good performance in their second game but could only draw 0-0 with Triangle.
Off-field issues, however, dominated the Glamour Boys’ displays as new coach Paulo Jorge Silva attracted a lot of negative publicity.

Silva had running battles with the press and his assistants as he claimed there was a third force behind his team’s failure to find the back of the net.
In the end, the DeMbare hierarchy moved in to quell the situation and demanded Silva to win his next three matches or face the sack together with his assistants.
Last weekend, DeMbare travelled to the eastern highlands where they emerged with a 2-1 win over Mutare City Rovers at Sakubva Stadium.
Silva’s attention is now set solely on winning Sunday’s derby to ensure he will remain with a job.   
“We are going to play to win... I’m not under any pressure except the pressure that comes with coaching a big team like Dynamos. This is a big club and the fans have big expectations . . . I’m giving 100 percent and I expect everyone to also give 100 percent,” Silva said after the Mutare Rovers match. — Godknows Matarutse

Fixtures:
Tomorrow: Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro, SS), Chapungu v Tsholotsho (Ascot), How Mine v Triangle United (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Chicken Inn (Nyamhunga)
Sunday: Border Strikers v Mutare City Rovers (TBA), Bulawayo City v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS)
Monday: Ngezi Platinum Stars v FC Platinum (Baobab, SS)

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