It can’t get better than this!
The climax to the 2010 Premiership soccer season wheels into the last quarter on Wednesday afternoon as title chasers Motor Action and Dynamos come under the spotlight against tricky opponents, which could leave the log with a new leader at the top.
It was a season without a sponsor, but the run-in to the title has provided some excitement in an otherwise low-key year.
Leaders Motor Action face Caps United at the National Sports Stadium while Dynamos take on relegation-threatened Douglas Warriors at Rufaro. Dynamos and Motor Action are tied on 60 points, separated by goal difference of 30 and 25 respectively.
Dynamos seized the initiative at the weekend when they clobbered FC Victoria into relegation with a 3-1 win at Mucheke while the Mighty Bulls dropped two crucial points in the 0-0 draw against third-placed Highlanders in Harare.
Benjamin Marere, a deserving Soccer Star of the Year finalist, led the rout and if fellow finalist Desmond Maringwa and striker Evans Gwekwerere come to the party on Wednesday afternoon and the Bulls falter, there will be a new leader at the end of day.
No doubt, but on paper, Dynamos seem to be having the best run-in with their last game being against Black Mambas, who are also fighting for their own survival.
The Bulls will not have it easy either with Lengthens aiming to kick them harder in the last game of the season.
Douglas Warriors have 20 points and lie in 14th place having played 27 games. From the last three games, they need all the nine points to survive, hoping that Mambas (29), Lengthens (29) and Shooting Stars (26) will drop points in any of their last two matches.
Mathematically, Douglas Warriors are still in the league but a loss will make them the third team dropping to Division One after Bantu Rovers and FC Victoria. The Marondera-based side have spent just one season in the top flight.
For Caps United, the race for fourth place is still on and they can achieve that with maximum points today. They lie in seventh place with 45 points and can leapfrog both Hwange (47) and Gunners (47) into fourth place, five behind third-placed Highlanders.
The Caps United-Motor Action match will pit Edmore Sibanda against Marlon Jani-probably unlucky not to have made it into the top 11 best footballers in the country this season.
The giant Caps United goalkeeper, Sibanda, has rattled in six goals from deadball situations this season.
Jani, with a wealth of experience, has been outstanding when his defence lines have been found wanting keeping the Bulls in the race for their maiden championship.
Soccer Star of the Year finalists Charles Sibanda, captain Bheki Ncube, defender Themba Ndlovu and the returning Milton Ncube are the other players to watch out for in the Bulls.
Dynamos vs Douglas Warriors (Rufaro), Caps United vs Motor Action (National Sports Stadium)
Saturday — BancABC Final
Caps United v Dynamos (National Sports Stadium)
Sunday — Gunners v FC Victoria (National Sports Stadium), Highlanders v Kiglon (Barbourfields), Lengthens v Eagles (Rufaro), Hwange v Bantu Rovers (Colliery), Shooting Stars v Monomotapa (Gwanzura), Shabanie Mine v Black Mambas (Maglas).