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Soccer Analysts: Battle for Zim Soccer League Title Still Open

Dynamos Football Club players celebrating after winning the Mbada Diamond Cup last year. (Photo/Citizen Journalist)
Dynamos might have beaten Highlanders and taken over the top spot in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table but analysts say the war is still far from over. Reporter Michael Kariati has more from Harare.

Although Dynamos have won the so-called ‘Battle for Zimbabwe’ and taken over the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League leadership, soccer pundits have warned the team’s fans not to get excited as there is still a long way to go before the end of the league season.

Dynamos lead the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race on a goal difference over Harare City with both teams on 48 points followed closely by Highlanders on 47 points. Caps United fan Jivas Machaya says Dynamos are not yet there, adding that the league title will be decided on the last day of season.

Even Dynamos follower Andrew Rwodzi agrees saying the race is still wide open.

The race is shaping up to be one of the most competitive soccer seasons in years with fixtures between Harare City and Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium and the one pitting Dynamos and Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium holding the key to who will win the league championship.

Former national team midfielder Stanford Stix Mtizwa says he is happy that for a change Dynamos are facing competition unlike in the past when it was clear that Dembare would win the title.

However, despite the closeness of the race, Rwodzi still thinks experience will carry the day, saying in the end Dynamos will still take the championship.

Dynamos have won the title for the past two years and coach Kalisto Pasuwa is on the verge of making history by becoming the first coach since 1980 to win three league championships in a row.

The winners of the league championship will take home $70,000 and also qualify to represent Zimbabwe in the 2014 CAF Champions League.