By Don Makanyanga
Harare, October 15, 2016 – DYNAMOS head coach Lloyd Mutasa says the Glamour Boys are under no obligation to return any favours to city rivals Caps United who have on two occassions “assisted” them to win two of their four successive league titles past six years.
The two Harare giants clash in a potentially explosive league encounter during Week 27 of the 2016 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race at the National Sports Stadium this Sunday.
Caps United top the log standings with 53 points, two ahead of the Zvishavane based outfit, FC Platinum who are on second, with Bulawayo giants, Highlanders a close third with 50 points.
A loss to Dynamos could allow FC Platinum and Highlanders to close the gap and jeopardise Caps United’s chances of landing their first premiership title following a barren 11 year spell.
In 2013, Dynamos snatched the league championship from Harare City on the last day of the premiership race and it was Caps United who ensured their rivals walked to the champions’ podium.
During the match, Makepekepe forced a two all draw with the then league debutants, a result which ensured Dynamos took their third title in a row.
A year later, Caps United were again the party spoilers for another set of league debutants, ZPC Kariba who needed at least a draw to clinch the title from Dynamos.
But it was Caps United who repeated the 2013 script, this time with a 3-2 defeat of the Kariba based side which saw them fall one point short to win the title.
Speaking to RadioVOP on Friday, Mutasa dismissed any prospects of doing the Green Machine any favours insisting the fallen giants had shifted their targets towards finishing the season in a respectable position.
“This is a derby and I am sure we are going there as underdogs looking at a scenario where we find ourselves in at the moment, and our aim on Sunday is to win and you know what it means to win the Harare derby,” Mutasa said.
“It has not been a good season for us and at the end of the day we would want to finish in a better and respectable position. The race for the fourth spot is still open and we will have to do whatever is possible to achieve it.”
Across town, Caps United say they were not expecting any favours from their rivals with team board member responsible for marketing and now coaching assistant, Alois Bunjira describing the three points to be fought for on Sunday as a drop in the ocean for their league aspirations.
“We are not expecting any favours from them; it’s one out of the 30 games that we are supposed to play this season and we have more than enough to expect them to aid us with three points.
“The only favour they can do is to do themselves a favour of trying to finish in a respectable position that is a position in the top 8 and on Sunday, we are expecting nothing short of a win,” said the former Caps United top striker.
He added: “We have a two point advantage and we are in the driving seat to win the league title and a win on Sunday is enough for us to land one hand on the trophy.
Meanwhile, the other weekend fixtures see reigning league champions Chicken Inn play Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba in Bulawayo, Mutare City play basement side Border Strikers in Mutare while Mandava stadium shall see the battle of the platinum miners between FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum.
A match between Tsholotsho and air force side Chapungu shall complete the Saturday fixtures.
The Harare derby shall headline Sunday’s fixtures while Bulawayo shall see another derby between Highlanders and Bulawayo City.
Hwange host Harare City while Triangle and How Mine shall complete Week 27’s fixtures.