APRIL 13 2009 can by now be a distant memory in the minds of many, but not for CAPS United fans, as that is the day their team last registered a league victory over today’s opponents Dynamos.
BY ALBERT MARUFU
On target that afternoon was former “Green Machine” striker Nyasha Mushekwi, who is now on the books of Belgian side KV Oostende.
A lot has happened since that day, and like a tragic script, it has all been disaster for CAPS United, with Dynamos maintaining hegemonic dominance of the famous Harare derby, winning six and drawing two of the eight games that have been played.
However, making this afternoon’s contest fascinating is the fact that leaders Dynamos are just three points ahead of fourth-placed United who have 35 points.
CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro, whose side has gone on a 10-match unbeaten run since their 1-0 loss to, coincidentally, Dynamos, believes today’s clash at Rufaro brings Armageddon to their opponents’ day.“We have been enjoying a purple patch and along the way we have beaten teams that we have always struggled against.
We have managed to beat Highlanders and Hwange and drew against Monomotapa whom we last beat three years ago.
“Dynamos have dominated us for a long time and this should also stop today,” he said.
CAPS United had become almost like a punching bag for Highlanders, Hwange and Monomotapa, but respective 2-1, 2-0 victory and a nil- all draw this season changed all that, boosting their confidence.
Mangwiro, who will be missing the services of long-term injury casualty Gift Phiri, Terrence Gondo and the suspended Arnold Chivheya, added that his side is ready for the clash.
“There are three points at stake and we are aware of the great rivalry that exists between the two sides. We are definitely going to win this match,” he said.
Judging by the current form of goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Rahman Kutsanzira and Dominic Chungwa, Mangwiro has every reason to believe.
However, Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro does not think so.
“Derby games can be tricky, but there is no way CAPS United is going to beat us tomorrow. Besides, the injured Augustine Mbara and Thomas Magorimbo who is suspended, every player is available for this match,” he said.
Dynamos will be looking up to the impressive Tawanda Muparati and Russel Madamombe, as well as who is slowly coming out of his shell defenders Ocean Mushure and Partson Jaure.
Dynamos’ new recruit Oscar Machapa, who ironically used to turn out for CAPS United, added to the tempo of this match earlier in the week, with a bold declaration that he has not lost in the Harare derby and is not prepared to start now.
How they have played since 2009
15/09/13 Dynamos? v? CAPS United
19/05/13 CAPS United 0 -1 Dynamos
26/08/12 CAPS Utd 0 -3 Dynamos
28/07/12 Dynamos 1-0 CAPS Utd
24/07/11 Dynamos 2-1 CAPS Utd
19/06/11 CAPS United 0-1 Dynamos
14/11/10 Dynamos 0-0 CAPS Utd
02/05/10 CAPS United 1-2 Dynamos
19/09/09 Dynamos 1-1 CAPS Utd
13/04/09 CAPS United 2-0 Dynamos