Harare soccer giants Dynamos and champions Gunners stroll into Rufaro Stadium tomorrow with two things in mind: the Caf Champions League spot for the 2011 edition and a determination to cut down Motor Action’s lead at the top of the Premiership standings.
The top two finishers at the end of the season qualify for the Caf Champions League.
This will be the first time the two teams come face to face in the Premier Soccer League this season after their first match was postponed due to Dynamos’ refusal to play on the eve of the Independence Trophy final.
Since then the league has been groping in darkness for a solution as PSL were in clear violation of Fifa statutes which state that a team cannot play two matches within 48 hours.
Chando Kupisa strengthened their position for the Champions League spot last Sunday with a comfortable 1-0 win over Shabanie Mine, a result that moved Gunners to third position on the log.
Gunners come into the fixture on the back of a sensational run of form after tasting defeat at the hands of Caps United back in May.
The ambitious Harare side has now amassed 31 points and are just four shy of second- placed Dynamos who have a two- game advantage and their coach Darlington Dodo is beginning to believe.
After the Shabanie Mine win, Dodo said his main priority was to qualify for the Champions League and he was confident that his team would make a swift return to the lucrative competition.
However, Dynamos star midfielder Benjamin Marere still believes the race is remains wide open and any team in the top five can win the league.
“It’s too early to talk about the Champions League at the moment, all the teams in the top five have an equal chance to win the championship,” said Marere in a telephone interview Tuesday.
“Leaders Motor Action have been losing points of late and more teams at the top will also lose points at one point so it’s still tough,” said Marere.
The situation on the log at the moment is that all teams in the top seven have an equal chance of winning the Champions League spot.
Monomotapa who are on position seven also have a chance as they trail second-placed Dynamos with just seven points with 12 matches to play.
Log leaders Motor Action are the only team at present who look “assured” to qualify for the Champions League.
The Eric Rosen-owned side, who will be making their first appearance in the competition, have collected 42 points.
However, the Mighty Bulls’ recent dip in form is cause for concern.
The team who had recently become invincible in the league surprisingly dropped points against Shooting Stars last week before succumbing to a shock 2-0 defeat against Monomotapa last Saturday, a result that blew their seemingly rock-solid grip on the championship apart.