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Of Bosso's advantage, Dynamos, Monoz' great form

[Posted 31 Aug 2012]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Denver Mukamba, one of the driving forces behind DeMbare"s good form
There is something very exciting about Zimbabwean football in the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer Season. It is the form of the country's two biggest clubs. Highlanders and Dynamos, who are almost neck to neck at the top of the log.

Highlanders started the season brighter than their old rivals, and were out of the blocks right from the very first day of the league, and have gone 19 games without a loss, winning 12 times thus far, drawing the most number of games in the league, 7 in total, and sitting with 43 points at this stage.

This performance is one of the best by Highlanders in more than a decade and warmed hearts through out parts of the country where Bosso has a faithful fan base.

Dynamos who had to do catch-up due to their CAF club commitments in the Champions League and Confederations Cup where they performed terribly, were at some point about about 10 points behind Bosso.

DeMbare have clawed back into reckoning in the league, and their most recent warning shots about their intention to retain the league title could never have been clearer, notching emphatic 3-0 win against bitter Harare rivals and out-of-sorts CAPS United.

As if to say that they did not win by fluke by taking advantage of the poor form of Makepekepe, DeMbare went on to beat FC Platinum 2-0, with talented midfielder Denver Mukamba turning on the magic, providing both goals.

Dynamos are now just three points away from the 43 that their bitter rivals Highlanders have. The good thing for the DeMbare family of supporters is that their team has a game in hand, and if they can score 3 goals without reply and collect the 3 points on offer, they will go level with Bosso at the top.

Another good sign in the Castle Lager premiership is the form of Chicken Inn, who have been consistent since their debut season last year in the league. They are currently in the top four. Chicken Inn's only undoing is their away form. They see to maximise on home advantage, and fall when they travel.

Monomotapa in another club that is getting back to its best form after parting ways with former coach Taurai Mangwiro, who is now facing a baptism of fire at fading giants CAPS.

In their last five matches, Monoz have had to play against tough clubs in the league, Motor Action twice in back to back matches winning 3-1 and 1-0, drawing 0-0 away at Hardbody, beating in-form Chicken Inn 1-0 at home, before an emphatic 3-0 away win, at FC Platinum in Mandava.

That is surely a sign of a team whose fortunes are looking upwards. Sitting on 3rd spot on the log. Monoz maybe seven and four points adrift of Bosso and Dynamos respectively, but they are still in with a chance to win the league.

The former champions Monoz have the pedigree and history of hitting great form from the second half of the league until the end. This is exactly how they won the league in 2008 under Norman Mapeza.

In that year (2008) Monoz lost the opening four games and everyone expected Mapeza to be shown the door, but a management with a vision stuck to their man. From then on, they won matches for fun till they were crowned champions. 

They went on to represent Zimbabwe with pride, qualifying for the mini-league phase of the CAF Champions League where they played fairly well.

Monoz's performances in Africa in 2009 filled every Zimbabwean with pride, despite having been somewhat soiled by the yet to be proven allegations of match-fixing, with more disturbing reports in newspapers at the time alleging that then club captain Mthulisi Maphosa punched assistant/team manager coach Clayton Munemo following a loss in North Africa.

In 2012, Monoz, joins Dynamos, Highlanders and Chicken In  in spicing the league with hearty performances which will see the race for the title going to the wire, when everybody was tempted to prematurely declare that this is Bosso's year.



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