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Dynamos destined for 2010/2011Championship title?

[Posted 15 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Dynamos are the current PSL log leaders in Zim. They are also playing in the Champions league

Dynamos Football Club have just opened a 5 point gap at the top of Zimbabwe's Net-One Premier Soccer League. It is rare to see Zimbabwe's and probably Southern Africa's most successful club become early pacesetters, and when they do, they rarely relinguish the lead at the top.

On Wednesday, Dynamos beat Eagles Football Club 2-0 to now sit at the summit of the log with 24 points out of 8 games.  Evans Gwekwerere who has of late been scoring regularly for Dynamos opened the scoring in the second half. The Glamour Boys' lead could be whittled down to only three points should their closest rivals Motor Action win their game over the weekend. Dynamos who will be playing TP Mazembe at the National Sports Stadium in the Champions League's first mini league fixture, will have the luxury of leading with three points with a game in hand should Motor Action win their game over the weekend. 

DeMbare, as Dynamos is also known by its legion of fans in and outside Zimbabwe, has won the most titles in the local league and remains the country's most successful team in the African Champions league. The club has won a total of 18 titles in Zimbabwe since 1963 when the club was formed. They have also appeared in the Champions league more times than any other club in Zimbabwe.

The club reached the quarter-finals of the previous version of the Champions league (Africa Cup of Club Champions) three times, beginning with 1981 on first attempt, then in 1984 and 1987. In 1998, the team reached the finals of the tournament, losing 4-2 to eventual winners Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast. After a lengthy spell in which the club neither participated in the Champions League nor won any major trophies in Zimbabwe, Dynamos returned to the Champions league in 2008 and reached the semi-finals where they lost to Cotonsport of Cameroon.

The Glamour Boys have qualified for the mini-league phase of the Champions League currently underway and remain one of Zimbabwe's two representatives still taking part in African club competitions. CAPS United is  the other club that is still participating in another continental club competition, CAF Confederations Cup, where they need to overcome the challenge of Sudanese giants and perennial campaigners Al Hilal, to qualify for that competiton's mini-league phase.

With Zimbabwe having resorted to the August to May soccer calendar, Dynamos are likely to be retained as one of Zimbabwe's representatives in the Champions League for 2011. The PSL has resolved that the top two teams on the log by 30 November ( CAF's deadline for submission of representatives names) will automatically be entered as the country's representatives. It is unlikely that Dynamos will drop beyond second position by end of November. 

That Dynamos is in pole position to be one of CAF Champions League partipants for 2011 may not be in doubt. However soccer is known to be a crazy game, and concluding that Dynamos will finish the season in May as winners of the PSL is stretching things a bit. Given the fact that the league is currently tying the loose ends of a new sponsorship deal, the league will become even more competitive than the previous season in which clubs played without any prospects of rewards. 

Motor Action who have scored the highest number of goals in the PSL so far, newly promoted Shabanie FC and Gunners will certainly have a big say in the destiny of the PSL title. It is also too early to dismiss CAPS United as title no-hoppers despite the Green Machine having lost more than 6 first team players through player sales to South African clubs. CAPS United showed their pedigree last season when they put on a late show and threaten to wrestle the title away from Dynamos and now defending champions Gunners, eventually finishing third, after languishing in mid-table for much of the season.


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