IT’S that time of the season again when Harare turns into a divided city as Dynamos and Caps United prepare to do battle — this time in the ZNA Charity Shield at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
It has been quite a week of preparations for both sides with all attention taken away by the Warriors’ Orange 2015 Afcon qualifier against Tanzania tomorrow, but there is no doubt this is one match that brings out emotions from both sides.
Dynamos believe they have the right to thump their green rivals, while Caps believe the beatings must stop tomorrow.
And this time, Dynamos, whose camp resembles a hospital ward with almost 10 players out injured, will have to do without their coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who has travelled to Tanzania with the senior national team.
In addition, Pasuwa has taken with him George Chigova, Patson Jaure and Stephen Alimenda for national duty, leaving his assistant Philemon Mutyakureva scratching at the bottom of the barrel for playing personnel.
Caps, who are the defending champions in the competition after beating Black Rhinos 2-0 last year, are minimally affected with only Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzai in Tanzania, although goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube and regular skipper Tapiwa Kumbuyani are limping.
Ishmael Thindwa, the Green Machine’s Malawian international striker, has taken advantage of the Premier Soccer League break to return home and put his house in order. He will miss a match that no player would ever want to.
Fine, the Harare Derby no longer has the big names that attracted multitudes to the stadium, but the brands of the two names should be able to draw a sizeable crowd for the benefit for the ZNA Charities drive.
Dynamos prepared for the match with a practice game against the Warriors at the National Sports Stadium where probably Mutyakureva was getting some tips from his boss Pasuwa on the team that must do duty tomorrow.