HARARE – Following his team’s triumph in the just-ended 2013 Castle Premiership season in which Dynamos powered to a third successive title in stunning fashion, captain Murape Murape was “bursting with pride”.
Murape attributed his team’s sensational triumph to determination and self-belief in the squad and paid glowing tribute to the players and technical team for uniting to achieve their success.
The Glamour Boys were crowned champions of Zimbabwean football for a third year in a row after a 2-0 win over Black Mambas at Rufaro Stadium with Simba Sithole notching both goals.
Going into the last round of matches on Sunday, all pointers were on Harare City to win the league considering they were on top of the log and playing a CAPS United side that had little to play for.
But as the old adage says “It’s not over until it’s over” it seemed to have been scripted for DeMbare who once again sneaked to glory when very few people gave them any chance.
Harare City could only draw 2-2 with CAPS while Highlanders beat Shabanie Mine 3-1 paving the way for DeMbare to pop the champagne at Rufaro.
Having stuttered in the defence of their title, which might have given their rivals hope that an era of domination was nearing its end, DeMbare kept their cool on Sunday and put up a splendid professional performance.
In the end they were rewarded with their 20th league title.
“I just can’t explain the feeling right now. We are very excited about the achievement. Very few were giving us a chance to lift the title,” Murape told the Daily News.
“I think it was a collective team effort that won the day for us, players, the technical team and the administration, everyone played a role.
“We are feeling great with this result. I never doubted our capacity to lift the championship even though fate was not in our hands. The most important thing was to do our part — beating Mambas.
“The good thing is that everyone believed, the technical team believed and that was the unity we needed. The fact that we brought our champagne bottles at the stadium tells you about our faith.
“It was a difficult season as the competition was very tough. We never lost hope, we kept on fighting.
“We knew we needed to win our game. And it showed luck was always on our side. It’s unexplainable.”
Dynamos’ Sydney Linyama was also excited after winning the title in his first year at DeMbare. Linyama joined DeMbare at the beginning of the season from Chicken Inn.
“This is the best moment of my career. I am happy to have played a part in winning the championship. We had faith that we could win,” Linyama said.
One man who have been key once again in DeMbare’s quest is their head coach, the ever-shrewd Calisto Pasuwa, who has now led them to three successive league titles.
The Glamour Boy’s rivals should be scratching their heads again as to how a Dynamos team led by this modest but efficient coach will be toppled from their perch at the helm of club football in this country.
Pasuwa became the first coach to win three league titles in a row. Since taking over the Glamour Boys in mid 2011, they have gone on to win the league since then.