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THE country’s oldest derby, the Harare derby, gets underway this Sunday as Dynamos face-off with perennial soccer rivals CAPS United at Rufaro Stadium.
The match comes at a time when the two Harare teams are basking in the Chibuku Super Cup glory from last weekend. Dynamos beat college boys Herentals 5-4 on penalties after the match had ended in a one-all stalemate at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The heroics of Chegutu-bred goalkeeper Simbarashe Chinani saved the day for the Glamour Boys. The shotstopper saved two penalties to give his side a berth in the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup.
CAPS United were the better side against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium on Saturday last week in the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-finals. They dispatched the airmen 4-3 on penalties to make it to the semis.
It now means the Cup might be destined for Harare as three teams from the capital — CAPS United, Dynamos and Harare City — reached the semis.
Sugar Sugar Boys, Triangle, routed Nichrut 5-0 to reach the semis.
CAPS United will be out to make a double over their soccer rivals Dynamos this season. The last league meeting between the two was on April 22. The Green Machine were the better side as they beat DeMbare 1-0.
Since 2006, CAPS United have not made a league double over Dynamos. Sunday’s match presents a chance for United to complete a double over the blue and white army.
However, DeMbare’s last weekend’s victory in the Chibuku Super Cup is a big morale booster for both the technical team led by Lloyd Chigowe and the players have not known any joy this season.
The giants are fighting to avoid relegation.
CAPS United have also not been at their best. They drew nil-all with Highlanders in the last league encounter. Prior to the draw, CAPS United had lost 1-2 to Ngezi Platinum. In the last five league matches CAPS managed to win two, draw two and lost one.
Dynamos in the same number of matches did not win a single match. The best they managed were two draws while the rest were losses. The poor streak of results cost the scalp of coach Lloyd Mutasa.
Reading from past outings, CAPS United are the favourites to win the Harare derby and complete a double over DeMbare.
Meanwhile, Black Rhinos date Harare City at the National Sports Stadium in another Harare derby tomorrow. Three rescheduled matches will be played during the weekend. Highlanders will travel to Zvishavane for a date with Shabanie Mine on Sunday.
The low profile Harare derby between army side and Harare City promises to be a thriller as the two teams are occupying mid-table on the log. The two are separated by a single point, with Harare City on top with 41 points.
Harare City go into the match basking in the Chibuku Super Cup glory after outwitting Highlanders 2-0. The municipal-run side are on the brink of making history in the Chibuku Super Cup. They have reached the semis for the third time and played in the finals twice.
This season, Black Rhinos have been consistently occupying mid-table, unlike last season. The army side started the season well but ran out of steam. However, with no relegation worries dogging them, the army side play without much pressure.
Elsewhere, relegation candidate Shabanie Mine welcome Highlanders at Maglas Stadium. With Shabanie Mine at their weakest, with relegation at hand, the team has nothing to play for but prestige.
One of the country’s oldest football clubs will most likely be playing the world’s most beautiful game in the First Division.
After the weekend’s matches, all teams in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League will be at 29 games.
With the league approaching home stretch, the premiership has now become a two-horse race with FC Platinum poised to write another piece of history by retaining the cup. Ngezi Platinum trail their cousins by five points.
However, the two will meet in the penultimate stages of the league. The drama may take a new twist as anything can happen in the game of football.

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