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Dynamos Face Bitter Rivals Highlanders

  • Michael Kariati

The game that everyone has been waiting for in Zimbabwe has arrived.

The World Cup might be in full swing with some celebrating and others in agony but the talk of the Zimbabwean football fraternity has shifted from the World Cup to the ‘Battle For Zimbabwe Part One’ at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Games between Dynamos and Highlanders are billed as among the top African derbies in continental football and everywhere in the country the talk is on the clash between the two giants with a full house expected.

A guessing game has become the order of the day on who will take the three points on offer with Highlanders fans hoping to end the seven-year jinx of not winning against Dynamos, while on the other hand, Dembare are looking forward to bouncing back after the shock 1-0 defeat against Hwange.

Highlanders supporter, Agrippa Nyoni, cannot wait for Sunday and is sounding a warning to Dembare that the honeymoon is over.

However, Dynamos’ follower Tawanda Mukaro believes Highlanders are dreaming, adding that Bosso are going to see a far much stronger, different, and stylish Dembare.

While the fans are debating in homes, street, bars, the two teams’ coaches are cautious about the game with both Kelvin Kaindu and Kalisto Pasuwa, saying games are not played on the streets but on the field.
When the two teams played in Harare last year, Highlanders were left fuming after the referee added more time than expected leading to Dynamos equalizing during that period. (File Photo)

When the two teams played in Harare last year, Highlanders were left fuming after the referee added more time than expected leading to Dynamos equalizing during that period. (File Photo)

Kaindu is not promising anything to the Bosso fans saying he will let his players do the talking.

Pasuwa on the other hand says he will only talk when the game is over.

Dynamos have reduced gate charges from the $5 they normally charge in such high profile matches to $3.

Club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa has also promised tight security saying this game is for the whole family to enjoy.

The two teams are separated by two points with Highlanders on 21 points while Dynamos are on 19 points.

A win for Highlanders will see them extend their lead over their bitter rivals to five points. On the other hand, a win for Dembare will see them leapfrog Bosso into second place on the premiership table.

When the two teams played in Harare last year, Highlanders were left fuming after the referee added more time than expected leading to Dynamos equalizing during that period.
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