HARARE – Lovemore "Magents" Ncube, who captained Highlanders before crossing the Great Divide to Dynamos, believes Sunday’s epic battle between the two Zimbabwe giants is just too close to call.
The retired midfield workhorse, who is remembered most for his inspiring box to box play, says this is one of those matches whose result will be decided by a collective effort not individual display.
“For either team to win, they have to take their chances,” Ncube told the Daily News on Sunday, before adding that he has great respect for both sets of coaches.
“They both have young and very impressive players. They are under great up and coming coaches in KK (Kelvin Kaindu) and Mana (Calisto Pasuwa).”
The former Bosso star, who went to be part of the famous Dynamos team that reached the African Champions League final for the first and only time in 1998, said today’s result will have a major bearing on the destiny of the title.
“You don't need any motivation to play in this cross country derby,” he said.
“Bragging rights are at stake here and also a positive result will go a long way to determine who walks off as champions of 2013,” said Ncube, who has been following premiership action from his United States base.
“I think both teams have great match winners on their side. This will be a team’s great display not individuals.”
The man nicknamed “Magents” by adoring Bosso supporters said he had fond memories of his time at both widely supported Zimbabwean clubs but admits Bosso make his heart skip a beat.
“The Bossolana fans always supported me to the fullest. I had a lot of fond memories with these two greats and I would do it all over again,” he said.
But remember, I'm a Bosso son for life. On the professional side DeMbare was one of my best employers and I had a great time with them,”
A very physical and vocal player during his time and known to lift the team when the chips are down, Ncube appealed to the fans from both camps to practise restraint saying this was just another game not a war zone.
“I hope the fans will respect that this is just a soccer game. Come out in their numbers and support their own team and also enjoy the display. This should be a unifying sport not a war zone,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ncube’s sentiments on shunning violence were also echoed by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) yesterday.
“The tie between these two giants is undeniably one of the biggest matches in the PSL as it is deepened by the close chase at the top of the log,” Zifa said in a press statement.
“The Association therefore encourages the spirit of fair play. All teams should encourage their supporters to remain calm, whatever the result of the game.
The Zimbabwe football mother body also encourages the Police to be on top of the situation and prevent any violent scenes in our beautiful game.”