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Dynamos win 18th title in Zim

[Posted 21 Nov 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Dynamos win 18th title in Zim

Dynamos Football Club beat Kiglon 2-0 at Rufaro Stadium to clinch their 18th title in Zimbabwe football to be crowned winners of the 2011 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, edging out closest rivals FC Platinum only by a four goal difference after both teams ended tied on 58 points.

FC Platinum failed to catch up with deMbare in terms of goal difference, only managing a decent 3-1 victory over relegated Shooting Stars at Gwanzura Stadium on Sunday, but too little a score-line to topple Dynamos.

Relegated Kiglon, forever Dynamos' bogey side in Zimbabwe, caused anxious moments for the Harare giants, defending resolutely and threatening to do what they have always done against the deMbare, shock them.

It explains why Dynamos played cautiously and only managed to score the opener in the 45th minute in the first half. That goal by Roderick Mutuma took his tally to 14 in the PSL, and with it came the Golden Boot award.

There was always fear among Dynamos fans and players that Kiglon might spoil the party by grabbing an equaliser, but Guthrie Zhokinyi allayed those fears with a goal four minutes from time, and Rufaro started celebrating the 18th title and a return to CAF Champions League.

FC Platinum went into the final match of the season against Shooting Stars with a terrible attitude, after their official had conceded defeat despite the fact that anything was possible in the final matches pitting Dynamos and FC Platinum against Kiglon and Shooting Stars respectively.

Secretary of the club Philemon Muvengwa summed up the mood of despondence in the FC Platinum camp ahead of the final, mainly due to the morale shattering 0-1 loss suffered at the hands of Dynamos at home on the penultimate day of the league race.

“Our match against Shooting Stars is no longer important. The season is over and we are now waiting for next season and start afresh.

“Yes, I mean we have surrendered the title to them (Dynamos). It is the reality and let’s face it. The better team of the day won. Had we won all the games we lost we could have made it starting from that first home loss against Gunners,” he added.

Such a kind of attitude is not needed in competitions, and with the benefit of hindsight, Muvengwa will realise that he did not speak like a true leader. It was irresponsible to utter such words and still expect players to go and die on the field of play for the title.

Nothing could have stopped FC Platinum with the quality they boast in their squad to score more than 5 goals without reply from Stars.

Yet after all has been said and done, credit must go to Dynamos for their fighting spirit and never say die attitude. With 10 games remaining, Dynamos were trailing FC Platinum by 10 points.

To claw their way back and finish level on points with FC Platinum and win with a superior goal difference makes a huge statement about Dynamos' pedigree as title fighters and competitors, something which FC Platinum need to learn from.

FC Platinum, despite having disappointingly lost the title to Dynamos when it looked easier for them to win the league, need to be commended for the competitive edge they brought to the Castle Lager PSL this season.

The Zvishavane-based club played very well in their debut season. Granted, they had the best squad  in the PSL by local standards, but the availability of quality players in a squad does not necessarily translate to a winning team.

Rahman Gumbo came on board and cultivated a winning mentality in the team.

Some things however went horribly wrong mid-way and the platinum miners will look back at some six precious points  dropped at home as the main difference in this league campaign.

On the penultimate day of the title race, the 13th November 2011, FC Platinum lost 0-1 to Dynamos, and on 18 May 2011 the team suffered a 0-3 loss to Gunners at home .  Those two defeats at home are the main reasons  FC Platinum surrendered the title to Dynamos.

In topflight football, home matches are crucial and teams who are serious about winning titles should make use of home advantage. That is exactly what the platinum miners failed to do in this campaign.

As they evaluate their maiden season wherein they came close to making history, FC Platinum will seek to make use of home advantage especially against perennial title contenders like Dynamos, Gunners, Highlanders, Motor Action and CAPS United.

FC Platinum will win Silver at the awards giving ceremony. Defending Champions Motor Action finished 3rd, while Hwange finished 4th. Other giants and perennial title chasers CAPS United and Highlanders finished a distant 6th and 7th respectively.

Masvingo, Zimbabwe Saints, Shooting Stars and Kiglon will be relegated to Division One, Zimbabwe's second tier league.

Congratulations to Dynamos! Tough luck FC Platinum, but a job well-done in a debut season and better luck next time.

Congratulations are also in order for the PSL Board of governors for breathing life into the domestic topflight league by bringing on board sponsors Delta Beverages with its brand the Castle Lager to sposnor the league, as well as Mbada Diamonds who sponsored the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

New champions Dynamos will meet deposed champions Motor Action in the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup to be played at Rufaro Stadium on 27 November to mark the end of the 2011 soccer season in Zimbabwe.

 

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