Dynamos, Bulls clash


It might be the early days to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League as the race enters its third round of matches on Sunday, but the log is already starting to take shape.

Caps United, who started the season with a bang scoring a massive 10 goals are at the summit with six points while the second position is held by the unfamiliar face of Premiership new boys Chicken Inn.

The Green Machine will aim to extend their lead when they host bottom — placed Shabanie Mine at Rufaro Stadium today while Chicken Inn will want to prove that their positive start to the season is no fluke when they entertain 2008 champions Gunners at Luveve Stadium.

However, the biggest match of the weekend should be the battle between two bruised sides, Dynamos and Motor Action under Joey Antipas.

The two teams will be meeting at Rufaro stadium on Sunday after a disappointing show in the Caf Champions League where both sides disappointed.

The Mighty Bulls, who had passed the preliminary round after a stunning comeback away in Madagascar against Cnaps Sports failed to hold their fort in a penalty shootout against Asec Mimosas.

Dynamos on the other hand had raised the country’s hopes with a stunning 4 – 1 hammering of MC Algiers of Algeria at Rufaro in the first leg, only to come stuck in Algiers where they were shocked 3 – 0 to crash out of the competition, in alleged controversial circumstances though.

Dynamos captain Desmond Maringwa admitted that the league is the main priority but said his team will want to win the match for one crucial reason: to regain lost confidence after a forgettable week that saw them losing 1 – 0 to Kiglon before being crushed by MC Algiers.

“It is really important that we do not allow this setback to affect our season. We should transform our sadness to positive strength and try as much as possible to regain our battered pride. We should regroup and concentrate on the league championship which is now our priority this season,” said Maringwa.

This will be the second time the two teams will be clashing after they faced each other in the NetOne Charity Shield Cup that was won by Dynamos after a penalty shootout.

However, Motor Action midfielder Allan Gahadzikwa said that result was now water under the bridge and declared his team would successfully defend their title.

“We are no longer thinking about the Champions League or the NetOne trophy, to us it’s now past. We are focusing on defending our title which I’m sure we will be able to do,” said the Mighty Bulls’ last season top goal scorer.

“It will be tough, no doubt about that but we are ready for the challenge and I believe we can do it,” added Gahadzikwa.

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa is likely to unleash into the fold midfielder William Kupera against his former paymasters.

Kupera dumped the Mighty Bulls just after the team crashed out of the Champions League to join Dynamos.