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Harare Loses Soccer Glamour as 3 Teams Remain in Top League

  • Michael Kariati

The game has spread to most parts of the country with premiership action going to Mutare, Triangle, Hippo Valley, Zvishavane, Hwange, Bulawayo, Plumtree, Kadoma and Kariba. (File Photo)

The game has spread to most parts of the country with premiership action going to Mutare, Triangle, Hippo Valley, Zvishavane, Hwange, Bulawayo, Plumtree, Kadoma and Kariba. (File Photo)

Dynamos might have won the 2013 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title but the balance of football power has shifted away from Harare.

There are now fewer teams from Harare in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League than in the past following the relegation of Motor Action, Black Mambas and Monomotapa, leaving the once dominant Harare with only three teams in the premiership in 2014.

In 2010, Harare made up almost the entire league with 11 teams in the 16 team assembly as Motor Action, Dynamos, Gunners, Caps United, Monomotapa, Kiglon, Eagles, Shooting Stars, Black Mambas, Lengthens, and Douglas Warriors, all contested for honours.

In 2011, Harare contributed nine teams Shooting Stars, Kiglon, Black Mambas Blue Ribbon, Gunners, Monomotapa, Motor Action, Caps United, and Dynamos.

In 2012, the number of teams had gone down to seven and this season to six.

Next year, there will only be three teams from Harare and instead the game has spread to most parts of the country with premiership action going to Mutare, Triangle, Hippo Valley, Zvishavane, Hwange, Bulawayo, Plumtree, Kadoma and Kariba.

ZPC Kariba coach Jostein Mathuthu says they are in the premier league to stay and keep top flight football in the town.

What is also interesting is the fact that apart from the league championship, all the other major trophies have gone out of Harare with Shabanie Mine taking the Banc ABC Sup8r title and Chicken Inn winning the NetOne Charity Shield.

The Mbada Diamonds Cup is on its way to Bulawayo as Highlanders and How Mine who hail from the city are contesting the final.

Former Warriors coach and captain Misheck Chidzambwa notes that this has been a very competitive season as there has not been one dominant force.

What is now left is for a team from the small towns to one day lift the premier soccer league title.

In another development in soccer, Zimbabwe’s Warriors have continued their free-fall on the FIFA World Rankings after dropping four places down the ladder in the latest rankings released Thursday.

The Warriors are now placed 106 down from 102 when the rankings were last updated and have also slipped down in Africa from 27 to 29.

This follows their failure to beat lowly Tanzania in an international friendly this month in a game they were expected to win and garner points to move upwards.

Ivory Coast remain the top team in Africa followed by Ghana, Algeria and Nigeria. On the other hand, Spain remain top of the world with Germany and Argentina just behind.
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