The Harare Derby, a tale of opposing fortunes

With the Glamour Boys emerging victorious over Caps United to further underline their title credentials, could the former Champions be on their way to restoring the glory days at the expense of the faltering Green Machine?

By Carlo Chikomba

The reigning PSL Champions hopes of retaining the title suffered a fatal blow as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Perhaps what was intriguing was the symbolic portrayal of the encounter with the Champions almost out of the title race at the expense of the rising Glamour boys who are now among the strong title favourites.

The result saw the Glamour Boys extend their winning streak to six games as they climbed to second place on the log to sit within three points of log leaders Chicken Inn.

If we also factor in the fact that Dynamos have two games in hand one of which being a pending continuation of the encounter with Chapungu FC which was abandoned in the 56th minute with them leading 4-0 as well as Dembare’s superior goal difference it’s easy to see the fallen Giants topping the table on a technicality.

The Mbare boys are definitely on the ascendancy, with their form of late resembling that of their former selves, having dominated the league by lifting the PSL crown from 2011-2014 before a spectacular slump which saw them hit a two year title drought.

However, the same cannot be said of Caps United. Actually, the Green Machine are the exact opposite of what we have said of the Glamour Boys.

Caps United have been on a downward spiral as of late as a string of poor results (including this one) have left them miles off the pace in the title race. The champions sit on twelfth position and are staggering 23 points off the top of the table.

It is worth noting that Makepekepe have four games in hand but even if they were to win all those games they would still be 8 points away from the league summit.

Unlike Dynamos, Caps United have looked a pale shadow of their former selves as they are nothing like the triumphant title winning team of 2016. They haven’t had a consistent run of victories of late although they recently won three game on the trot before a draw with Chapungu halted their progress the match before the eventual derby defeat yesterday.

Although mathematically, the Green Machine have a shot of regaining the title, they will definitely have to work their socks off to get there. In contrast, the Glamour Boys appear on a roll and are looking more like champions with each passing game.

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