Dynamos and FC Platinum supporters cannot wait until Sunday when their teams face Kiglon and Shooting Stars respectively in matches that will decide who takes away the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title and the $70 000 that goes away with it. Both the two teams have 55 points each but Dynamos are on top because of a superior goal difference.
It is a fact that mobile phones will not stop ringing at Rufaro Stadium where Dynamos will play Kiglon and at Gwanzura where FC Platinum will square it off with Shooting Stars as supporters communicate to find out the scoreline at both matches.
This is the second consecutive year that the PSL league title is being decided on the last day of play. Last season, Dynamos and Motor Action fought neck to neck until the last day of play when the Mighty Bulls finally prevailed on goal difference.
The same situation was brought about this year by Dynamos’ surprise 1-0 win over FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium last Sunday that brought the teams level on points when most fans thought Dynamos were going to fall or draw to give FC Platinum the title on their first year in Premiership football. But that was not to be.
So the teams have been left to fight another day but Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa claims his team is not under any pressure. Pasuwa says they are taking the game against Kiglon as any other game they have played but hopes that come the end of the day his team will prevail.
FC Platinum assistant coach Tendai Chikuni on the other hand says they are coming to Harare looking for nothing except a win. He says whatever happens at Rufaro will be secondary as their primary aim is for them to get a win and see what happens next.
The Zvishavane based side, though, have themselves to blame for finding themselves in this tricky situation for they could have wrapped the league title long back. At one time, the cash rich Premiership newcomers were leading the league title race by a massive 10 points but started dropping points along the way while Dynamos were moving up the ladder.
Kiglon have proved to be Dynamos bogey side but football analyst Jabes
Lefani says Dynamos cannot be stopped when in this position. Lefani
adds that Kiglon are also in the game in a position of weakness as
they have already been relegated and have nothing to play for.
The soccer writer predicts that even FC Platinum will win against
Shooting Stars adding that the race will be decided on goal difference
and ‘Dynamos will take it.’
Lefani though has to be reminded that teams in such a position as
Kiglon and Shooting Stars are dangerous as they have nothing to lose
and will go out to shoot for an upset.
From the outset though it looks like the title is heading Dynamos’s
way but in football anything can happen.
One thing that is certain is that both matches will draw huge crowds
as soccer fans converge to watch the Premiership’s 2011 grand finale.