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Mighty Bulls deserve title

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Despite lack of sponsorship, the 2010 Premier Soccer League season has been run and won.

Congratulations to Motor Action for breaking the old order, winning the championship.

With 20 wins, 66 points and a record 52 goals in the bag, the Mighty Bulls emerged as rightful champions.

From the start, this looked like the competition Motor Action were going to win after pipping relegated FC Victoria to the top of the log with three rounds of games having been played, and dispatching opponents with some brutal effectiveness.

Dynamos who ended the season on the bridesmaid side for the third season in a row, started the season well but began to stutter, most probably because of their involvement in the Caf Champions League, but once Elvis Chiweshe and his Dynamos were booted out of the prestigious competition, Dembare revved their domestic engine with impressive gusto.

Along the way, Motor Action and Dynamos suffered four defeats.

It is often said in domestic football any team can challenge big teams.

This is attributed to the weakening of the top sides. Highlanders struggled at the beginning of the season, while Caps United lost captain Method Mwanjali, gunman Nyasha Mushekwi, Lionel Mtizwa, Khama Billiat and exciting winger Tafadzwa Rusike.

Before the season began, many pundits were tipping Caps United for the title because of their strong finish to the league race last season.

But the Green Machine weren’t even involved in the battle, their first two draws to relegated Douglas Warriors and Black Mambas which were followed by a devastating defeat at the hands of perennial rivals Dynamos was indicative of how their season would progress.

Instead, a two-horse race emerged. Dynamos and Motor Action took turns at setting the pace, while the persistent Gunners and later Highlanders nibbled at their heels.

In the end, the Mighty Bulls were just a cut above the rest and their resolve was strengthened by clarity of focus and resilience.

Having lost to some of the so-called small teams like Douglas Warriors and Eagles that almost spoiled the broth, the Mighty Bulls recovered from that minor blip to show outstanding form in the run-in.

Former Dynamos midfielder Bheki Ncube, who is now the Mighty Bulls captain is a player transformed, whilst Charles Sibanda and Allan Gahadzikwa have been extraordinarily prolific.

The position of mid-table side in the league is an odd one.

It is not something a team can naturally aim for; the teams who make up this pack are often forced to start the season with survival as their main goal.

Anything higher than 13th position on the log represents a progressive increase in pride.

That’s not to downplay the achievements of the teams that make up this group; in fact, the managers of these sides often deserve most acclaim.

Operating on limited resources they navigate their sides clear of the drop and steer them not just to safety, but also to a degree of success and continued stability.

Kiglon and Eagles will both be proud of their top-half finishes, and coaches Lloyd Mutasa and Patridge Muskwe will both point to their youthful squads as the cornerstone of their progress.

Mutasa in particular has achieved wonders with Kiglon. The financially disabled team started the season with a “For Sale” tag and was a sure bet for relegation but the former Dynamos player transformed the team into one of the most feared ones in the league.

The team was impressive against teams in the top five and only lost to Caps United on the last day of the season, most probably because they knew they were safe already and there was nothing to fight for anymore.

Black Mambas spent loads of cash in the mid season transfer window period, bringing in nine new players and while the likes of Lovemore Mapuya, William Mapfumo and Audience Rundofa have all impressed individually, a poor run in the first 10 league games where they failed to record a single win saw the team spending the whole season flirting with relegation.

The team only survived the dreaded guillotine on the last day of the season, thanks to Motor Action who beat Lengthens.

At the other end of the table, there are teams that had to face the ignominy of relegation.

Unlike in the previous season where three teams were to join the unfashionable second tier league, this time around, four teams faced the chop.

With no exception, all the four teams that faced the dreaded chop, Lengthens, Douglas Warriors, Bantu Rovers and FC Victoria were all struggling
financially.

The four relegated teams, with the exception of Lengthens, will be going back to Division One football after just one season in the premier club.

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