HARARE – This weekend marks the end of another season of thrills, spills and fumbles in Zimbabwean football.
And as the saying goes – football is really a funny old game. Never has this phrase been more applicable for us here in Zimbabwe.
Much has been made throughout the week of the delicate scenario before us when CAPS United clash with Harare City having been rendered Kingmakers of an intriguing title contest involving their most loathed rivals, Dynamos, and favourites City.
Remove Harare City from the equation here for now.
Football rivalries across the world, especially between teams from the same area, is as much as part of the beautiful game as anything else in this sport.
That is the case between cross town rivals Dynamos and CAPS United.
This is a rivalry steeped in history and tradition.
Both sets of fans love nothing more than seeing the other inflicted with pain and misery.
And as domestic success has flowed freely at Dynamos over the years, winning a record 19 titles, CAPS fans have become more resentful of their city neighbours, and quite rightly so.
So who in his right state of football mind can blame CAPS fans, whose team basically has nothing to play for going into the last game of the season, from taking pleasure in preventing Dynamos from clinching yet another league title on Sunday? Why should they celebrate watching their worst enemy walk away with the bragging rights again, especially after all the yearly dose of insults they have had to endure at the hands of the DeMbare faithful?
Folks, the feeling among CAPS fans is perfectly normal and quite understandable in football sense – football is a multi-faceted and fascinating sport which defines fanaticism, camaraderie, sportsmanship, teamwork, intense rivalry and bragging rights. Results don’t always matter to the diehard fan, as is the case on Sunday.
No disrespect to both CAPS and Harare City.
Harare City are capable of winning fair and square, as they have shown throughout the season, and their 4-0 demolition of Highlanders last weekend was the clearest statement of intent.
The other piece of good news is that United themselves have vowed to adhere to the highest standards of sportsmanship by playing for a win regardless of the direct or indirect bearing it might have on the destiny of the title – and after all has been said and done, this is the spirit with which the game must be played.
In the spirit of fairness, let there be no doubt about the authenticity of the result. Let sheer display of true sportsmanship and good spirit prevail on Super Sunday.