HARARE – Since his return to Dynamos, Simba Sithole did not enjoy the best of form by his standards, but on Sunday the former CAPS United forward turned on the style when it mattered most.
Sithole re-joined Dynamos during the 2013 mid-season transfer window after an unsuccessful stint at South Africa Absa Premiership side Supersport United.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns man signed a one-year deal with DeMbare and arrived at the time when the Glamour Boys’ campaign for honours had been stifled by a lack of goals from their strikers.
The former Young Warriors striker, however, found the going tough and until Sunday’s match, he had only found the target once in the 2-2 draw in a Premiership match against Triangle.
Sithole chose Sunday’s occasion to silence his critics with an outstanding performance where he provided the magical touch that drove Dynamos to the Promised Land.
Sithole was the star of the show for the Glamour Boys after he scored a first half brace that powered the Harare giants to a third successive title in a row.
It was indeed a strong performance from the Glamour Boys and with a bit of luck and precision, Sithole could have scored three or more goals but in the end he was satisfied with his contribution.
The flat money was on Harare City beating CAPS United to win their maiden championship title.
City, however, faltered when it mattered most and were held 2-2 by the Green Machine at the National Sports Stadium.
As has been the case in the previous two years, Dynamos needed a superior goal difference to claim the championship ahead of Bosso and City.
It has marked the fifth time that the Glamour Boys have won the league title on goal difference, after similar success stories in 1983, when they ended up tied on points with Rio Tinto, and in 1995 when they ended with the same number of points as Blackpool.
In 2011, Dynamos pipped up FC Platinum on goal difference while last year they also needed a similar tie breaker to win the league ahead of Highlanders.
But unlike in those last two seasons, destiny of the championship was not in DeMbare’s hands and they had to rely on bitter rivals CAPS United who should be commended for Fair Play.
Highlanders who were also in with a chance of winning the title if Dynamos and Harare City had slipped managed to beat Shabanie Mine 3-1 in the other tie but the result counted for nothing as they lost out on goal difference.