There may be a sizeable gap between the two top teams in the league, but all that will count for nought when log leaders Motor Action host Dynamos in a top-of-the-table clash at Rufaro stadium on Sunday.
Joey Antipas’ men are on track for a maiden championship and their foes will be desperate to prevent that in any way possible as they seek to reclaim their status as the most successful team in the country, by stealing the title right under the nose of their opponents.
The media has already billed the match as the title decider, and what has made this match more special is not just the precious three points at stake but, more interestingly, the pre-match hype it has created with war of words emanating from both camps.
On-fire Motor Action forward Charles Sibanda stoked the fire on Thursday when he described the Dynamos backline as the “worst in the league” while Dynamos captain George Magariro, who is part of that defensive pair responded diplomatically saying he would do all the talking on the field of play.
“He (Sibanda) is a good striker because he has been scoring important goals for his team, but we cannot lose to the same opposition twice, that will never happen,” said the former Masvingo United and Lancashire Steel hardman.
“He can say whatever he wants, we are not in those mind games, and we will do all the talking on the ground.”
Dynamos assistant coach Tichaona Diya, when asked about the big clash, said his team would have been worried if they were playing a team like FC Victoria or an equally battling side like Bantu Rovers rather than Motor Action.
“For us there is no easy match, but I would have been worried if we were playing the so-called small teams like Bantu or FC Victoria because they will just throw everything at you,” said Diya.
“With Motor Action it’s different now because they will be cautious. They are on top of the log and there is that pressure which comes with being on top of the log and that should give us an edge over them. It will be a very close encounter but I expect the boys to win the match,” added the Dynamos assistant coach.
Dynamos also received a major boost with the return of midfielder Desmond Maringwa at training on Thursday and the veteran is expected to lead the midfield area which has been the team’s Achilles heel since the departure of Ashley Rambanapasi to Cyprus for trials.
As for Motor Action, they know that a win on Sunday will all but virtually confirm them as this year’s Premier League champions, although they will still have to get past a rejuvenated Highlanders.
They come into the fixture with 58 points, four clear of Dynamos and another three points against their nearest rivals will give them a psychological boost going into the last four games. Dynamos have a game in hand against Gunners.
“It’s a difficult game like any other game we have played this season but we will not panic because we are playing Dynamos,” said Antipas on Friday.
“A win on Sunday will give us a psychological boost going forward and the team is well prepared for the game,” said Antipas.