Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Champions Dynamos make their last league visit of the year to Bulawayo, when they face their oldest and bitter rivals Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.
Dynamos 2014 form in Bulawayo
The champions have not lost a match in Bulawayo this season after a late win over How Mine on the opening day of the season was followed up by a come from behind 3-1 victory over Bantu Rovers. They then settled for a goalless draw with Chicken Inn, the team they last played in the league on Wednesday in 1-1 draw at Gwanzura Stadium in the capital.
Highlanders, who go into the match on top of the log on goal difference, suffered their second defeat of the season away to army side Black Rhinos on the same day. They apparently suffered their other defeat at the hands of Dynamos, who beat them 1-0 in the capital through a goal by Washington Pakamisa.
Bosso last recorded a league win over DeMbare in 2006. It was also the last time that they won the league title, in a year that they completed a double over Dynamos. Since that year they have met 17 times in the league, with Bosso managing those two 2006 wins, while the champions managed eight wins, with the other seven matches drawn.
Pasuwa vs Kaindu
Ita��s not only the history that is in favour of Dynamos but the meeting of the two coaches in their five league matches. Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa who joined Dynamos in 2011 has won two matches over Bosso Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu, who joined the Bulawayo giants in 2012. Pasuwa won last year at the same venue through an Ocean Mushure penalty as well as the victory in the capital in the first half of the season. The other three matches ended in draws.
Pasuwa, who after the Saturday match will be a decade shy of a century of league games in charge of Dynamos, in which he has won the last three league titles, will be looking for his 54th league victory in charge. In the 89 matches in charge, he has won 53, drawn 24 and lost a dozen of matches. Since taking over in the last eleven matches of the 2011 season he lost once in that year to Masvingo United away 1-0. In 2012 he lost three times by an identical 1-0 scoreline to Monomotapa, Harare City and to Chicken Inn. In 2013 he lost four times, to Buffaloes 2-3, How Mine 0-1, Hwange 2-4 and FC Platinum 0-2. He has lost the same number of games so far this season, all with the identical 1-0 scoreline, namely to ZPC Kariba, Chapungu, Buffaloes and Hwange. This has given him a winning rate of 59%, while placing him on an impressive 87% unbeaten rate.
The Zambian on the other hand is on a 56% winning rate and sits on an 86% unbeaten rate. He will take charge of his 79th match since 2012. He has won 44 of those matches, drawn 23 and lost 11, although a couple of those defeats he was on a coaching course in the UK, he was still the head coach at the club, just like Pasuwa who missed the Black Rhinos home victory, but was still the head coach at DeMbare.
Kaindu lost once in his first year 3-0 to Monomotapa, that ended his teama��s 23 match unbeaten run. He was to lose eight times the following year to Motor action 1-0, twice to How Mine 1-0 and 2-1, 1-0 to Chicken Inn, Black Mambas, and Dynamos, while he also lost to Caps United 2-1 and 4-0 to Harare City. He has lost twice so far this year.
Since 2006 the two giants have met eight times in the league at Babourfields, with Dynamos managing four wins, Bosso just one- the 2006 victory, while three matches ended in draws at Emagumeni.
Current form favours Dynamos who have not lost a league match since their away defeat to Hwange at the Colliery. The Harare giants are on a seven match unbeaten run in which they have managed three wins and four draws, they have however, drawn their last two matches with Chicken Inn and Black Rhinos, in which they have not scored a goal from open play in those two matches.
Tshilamoya who had not lost a league match since their defeat to Dynamos in Harare, suffered their second defeat of the season. They have not won or scored a goal in their last three league matches, with the Rhinos defeat plus two consecutive goalless draws with Bulawayo teams Bantu Rovers and How Mine respectively. Until the Rhinos defeat they were on a five match unbeaten run recording three consecutive wins and the two draws.
With ten goals so far this season Charles Sibanda remains the key man for Highlanders to get the goals although he has not scored in the last three league matches, he is having an outstanding season. Felix Chindungwe who returns from suspension will be key playing an anchoring role for Bosso. It is the wing backs that have had little movement down the flanks for Bosso and Kaindu might need to make some changes as well as to his attacking midfielders Valentine Ndaba and Knox Mtizwa who both seem to have struggled.
Dynamos have been involved in more 1-0 score lines this season as finding the back of the net has proved difficult yet they have created plenty of scoring chances. They have the second best defence largely due to the defensive abilities of Themba Ndlovu who has played all of the Dynamos league matches this season and will be expected to shine this weekend.
Stephen Alimenda in midfield, at times alone or in a double anchoring role with Devon Chafa has contributed greatly to Dynamos this season. His ability to win the balls and spread them to the wings has been a joy to watch and Highlanders will need to watch him especially when releasing young right back Blessing Moyo, who has done his job quietly but impressive in that position as if he is a seasoned player. Moyo combines well with Murape Murape and Ronald Chitiyo.
DeMbare though still lack a finisher with their top scorers, four of them on two goals each. Rodrick Mutuma has made early intensions since returning and with two goals is a key man upfront.
Saturday: Highlanders v Dynamos (BF, 3pm live SuperSport), Buffaloes v Bantu Rovers (Sakubva), Harare City v Chapungu (Rufaro), TriangleA� v Black Rhinos (Gibbo), ZPC Kariba v Shabanie (Gwanzura).
Sunday: FC Platinum v How Mine (Mandava), Caps United v Chiredzi (Rufaro), Chicken InnA� v Hwange (Luveve, 3pm live SuperSport).
Chibuku Super Cup draw
Highlanders v Shabanie, ZPC Kariba v Harare City, Dynamos v Black Rhinos, Caps United v Chapungu, Hwange v Triangle, Buffaloes v Chiredzi, FC Platinum v Bantu Rovers, How Mine v Chicken Inn. (First round kicks off on August 15-17).