HARARE – Wednesday November 13, 2013 is a day that might go a long way towards deciding the destiny of the 2013 Castle Premiership title.
The three leading title contenders – Dynamos, Harare City and Highlanders, are in action this afternoon against some tricky opponents as the race for the championship reaches its climax.
Log leaders and defending champions Dynamos hosts relegation threatened Shabanie Mine at Rufaro Stadium with both teams needing maximum points.
DeMbare, who have 48 points, lead the log only on goal difference ahead of second-placed Harare City and know that any slip up will open the door for the Sunshine Boys.
Having crashed out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, a tournament t they won with ruthless domination in its first two years of existence, the league is now the only piece of meaningful silverware Dynamos can win this season.
After two successful seasons of spoiling their multitude of fans by winning back-to-back league and cup doubles, 2013 will be regarded as a failure if DeMbare fail to clinch the championship.
This afternoon, they face an opponent they have traditionally done well against at home.
The Chinda Boys have never beaten Dynamos in Harare, and it will be quite a big achievement of the men from Zvishavane leave the capital with a point, better still a win.
Shabanie coach Luke Masomere claimed this week that he has done well enough to figure how his team always self-destructs whenever they travel to the capital.
The self-proclaimed Doctor of Zimbabwe says he has found the remedy to stop another capitulation, but it will take more for the asbestos miners to beat Dynamos.
A lot is at stake for the Harare giants and they will come out all guns blazing to ensure they get maximum points against the Chinda Boys.
Across town, Harare City will do battle against already relegated Motor Action at Gwanzura Stadium.
The Mighty Bulls have promised to go down fighting.
Two weeks ago, the 2010 Zimbabwean champions proved to be party spoilers by restricting title aspirants Highlanders to a 1-1 draw at Rufaro.
Bulls coach David George told the Daily News this week that his side will not hand City the three points on a silver platter.
George’s words should not be taken as mere talk. Motor Action had Bosso on the ropes for the better part in their last match.
The Division One-bound outfit can prove to be a banana skin for Bigboy Mawiwi’s men, who are still licking the wounds of their Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final defeat to Highlanders on penalties at the weekend.
City ran out 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this season, but their recent form has not been convincing, with only two wins in five matches.
Had City been on their A game, they could have pulled clear at the top and put enough breathing space between them and the rest of the chasing pack.
Without the distraction of the Mbada Diamonds Cup, the Sunshine Boys might get their act right in the league title race now.
In Bulawayo, third-placed Highlanders have another tricky encounter against the high-flying Triangle at Barbourfields Stadium.
Bosso will come up against a pretty determined side, led by their charismatic coach Gishon Ntini.
For the better part of the month, Ntini has made it clear that the Lowveld side will not be pushovers, and in their last match, they had Dynamos sweating before playing out a 2-2 draw at Gibbo Stadium.
The Glamour Boys needed a late equaliser from Simba Sithole to salvage a crucial point.
Today, the sugar cane growers might prove to be another stumbling block for a Bosso side that is currently on a high after reaching their first Mbada Diamonds Cup final at the weekend.
Goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya was the hero for Bosso in that semi-final win in Masvingo, and he is likely to play another leading role for the Bulawayo giants this afternoon.
By the end of today, one of these three teams will move a step closer towards clinching the coveted Castle Premiership title.
It’s getting hot at the top.
Wednesday: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro), Highlanders v Triangle (Barbourfields), Tripple B v Chicken Inn (Dulibadzimu), Harare City v Motor Action (Gwanzura), CAPS United v Black Rhinos (NSS), FC Platinum v Black Mambas (Mandava), Hwange v Buffaloes (Colliery).
Thursday: Monomotapa v How Mine (Gwanzura).