By Don Makanyanga
Harare, November 18, 2016 – CAPS United utility player Dennis Dauda says his heartbreaking 2014 title loss in a ZPC Kariba shirt at the last minute will propel him to win it with the Harare giants during the 2016 season.
The 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League soccer star of the year still recalls how he and his ZPC Kariba teammates came within 90 minutes of completing a dream debut season in the top flight league.
During the season, the then Saul Chaminuka coached side needed just a draw over Caps United to be crowned champions but allowed a super charged Makepekepe to register a 3-2 score line over them.
The loss allowed Dynamos to clinch their fourth title in a row, breaking the hearts of even Caps United supporters themselves who were angry their own team had “handed” the title to city rivals.
With two matches now left to play to end a good season for Makepekepe, Dauda said he was not ready to go through the 2014 ordeal, adding he will put shoulders to the wheel to ensure the log leaders clinch the title.
“Definitely this year I am going to win it and I can’t afford to lose it twice under same circumstances and I have taken it upon myself to fight till the bitter end as I do not want a repeat of what happened in 2014,” Dauda told RadioVOP on Thursday.
“It was painful to lose the championship on the last day considering the feeling that we felt we were already champions but Caps United spoiled the party for us,” he said.
Learning from his past experience, Dauda remains optimistic the Lloyd Chitembwe coached side will be crowned 2016 champions, but urges his teammates not to lose concentration at this stage of the league race.
“The pain of losing the title when you have placed one hand on the trophy is painful and I do not want it to happen again to me and I have been urging the players to continue to push until we are sure that we have landed both hands on the trophy; these last games are tricky considering the teams we face.
“These teams have nothing to lose rather than spoiling the party and we have to be careful and this is what I have been telling my teammates,” said Dauda.
Dauda said he found his early days at Caps United a bit challenging as he found himself being sidelined during team selection, but singles out the Harare derby few weeks ago as one of his best this season.
“The first days at Caps United were a bit challenging for me as I did not get enough game time but as the season progressed, I managed to gel into the system and that’s when the coach started to play me and I think my best game of the season was against Dynamos in which I scored two goals,” he recalls of a game in which the Green Machine rained three goals in quick succession to level the scores from a three nil score line with only four minutes left of play.
Caps United are currently at the summit of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league with 57 points.
The Harare Giants will be crowned champions if they win against premiership new boys, Ngezi Platinum if second-placed FC Platinum lose to third placed Highlanders.