IT goes without saying that tomorrow’s NetOne One Wallet Cup quarter-final clash between Dynamos and Caps United at the National Sports Stadium is the pick of the weekend.
The game explodes at 3pm and will be live on your world of champions SuperSport 9.
The second instalment of the Harare Derby comes just a week after the two teams drew 1-1 in a league match at the same venue and the third — yes you read it right — will be at the same venue a week from tomorrow.
With 21 000 fans having witnessed last week’s match, there is no doubt the numbers will increase tomorrow.
This is the second cup match between the two sides after Caps beat their more illustrious opponents 1-0 in the semi-finals of the ZNA Commander Charity Shield and if they cannot draw inspiration from there, then there will be no other time.
This is one match where the coaches — Kalisto Pasuwa of Dynamos and Taurai Mangwiro of Caps United’s jobs will end with team selection: the rest is up to the players to show they are worth to take part in the biggest match in the capital.
Derbies are not won by tactical games, but by passion, drive, fans and by players giving more than 100% effort on the field of play.
And there are key players from both sides that can make a difference in this do-or-die encounter. Murape Murape, if he concentrates on the game and not the match officials, and Hardlife Zvirekwi, if he can only stop trying harder.
Or new stars will be born.
We saw last week Gerald Phiri’s sweet free kick leaving Artwell Mukandi dazzled, we saw Tendayi Samanja controlling the midfield and we saw Stephen Makatuka defending for dear life.
We saw Blessing Moyo laying a stake for permanent place in the Glamour Boys team and we saw why Temba Ndlovu is a highly rated defender.
We did not see the best of Ronald Chitiyo, Rodreck Mutuma is not yet full match fit while Dominic Chungwa and Leonard Fiyado were shut out.
Partson Jaure has returned from South Africa where he had gone to seal a deal with Pretoria University which has been held up by Dynamos’ valuation of the player and might feature in tomorrow’s match while the likes of Masimba Mambare, Tafadzwa Rusike and Anesu Gondo are long-term injury concerns.