Resched­ule re­main­ing games in­volv­ing top three teams

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Dingilizwe Ntuli Sports Editor

THERE has been a buzz about the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship Harare derby be­tween ri­vals Dy­namos and Caps United be­ing fixed.

Such talk was fu­elled by the dra­matic man­ner in which log lead­ers Caps United staged a ter­rific come­back from 0-3 down to force a 3-3 draw.

Most peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly High­landers’ fans, saw a con­spir­acy be­hind the re­sult, al­leg­ing that there was col­lu­sion be­tween the Harare sides to pre­vent Bosso from shoot­ing to the top of the log. Bosso’s win moved them to 53 points, but Caps United’s draw en­abled them to move a point above the Bu­l­awayo side to 54 points. FC Plat­inum blew the op­por­tu­nity to go top when they al­lowed Ngezi Plat­inum to snatch an equaliser re­strict­ing them to 52 points.

How­beit, the fans ques­tioned, that Dy­namos, who led 3-0 in the 86th minute, could con­cede three goals in five min­utes. They just couldn’t ex­plain how such a healthy lead was eaten into in five min­utes and prof­fered an as­sort­ment of con­spir­acy the­o­ries. They be­lieved the ri­valry be­tween the two sides should have en­abled Dy­namos to de­fend their lead res­o­lutely for the Harare brag­ging rights. How­ever, what these fans for­got was that Caps United were also after the same brag­ging rights and were not go­ing to take the 0-3 hu­mil­i­at­ing score line ly­ing down. Had Caps United failed to fight back, Bosso fans would have been happy, but the Green Ma­chine would have had to en­dure all forms of mock­ery in the cap­i­tal, and per­haps in Bu­l­awayo too.

The come­back so shocked Bosso fans that they even re­frained from em­bark­ing on colour­ful city cen­tre cel­e­bra­tions res­i­dents had be­come ac­cus­tomed to after ev­ery league vic­tory at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. There were mooted cel­e­bra­tions of Bosso’s 3-1 vic­tory over new boys Bu­l­awayo City.

After watch­ing a re­peat broad­cast of the game on Sun­day night, my hon­est ver­dict was that Dy­namos should have ac­tu­ally lost the tie. In fact, Ronald Pfumbidzai could have grabbed the win­ner for Caps United had he kept his last minute header low.

What fans have to ac­cept is that Dy­namos have been in such poor form this sea­son and what should have sur­prised them is that they ac­tu­ally scored three goals against Caps United.

When Caps pulled one back, Dy­namos play­ers re­sorted to the con­fu­sion they had dis­played through­out the sea­son. They pan­icked and need­lessly con­ceded set pieces, which have been their Water­loo through­out the sea­son. Sim­i­lar con­fu­sion Dy­namos showed against Caps United was on dis­play in their 1-2 loss to rel­e­gated Bor­der Strik­ers.

In fact, the 10 matches Dy­namos have won in the league this sea­son were largely due to op­po­nents seem­ingly fear­ing their rep­u­ta­tion rather than their per­for­mances. Teams that be­lieved they could beat Dy­namos beat the for­mer cham­pi­ons.

Caps United were de­ter­mined not to lose to Dy­namos on Sun­day and they staged a sen­sa­tional come­back that left al­most ev­ery­one con­fused and of­fer­ing a cock­tail of un­so­licited ex­pla­na­tions.

The present Dy­namos team is a joke com­pared to the sides that claimed a record equalling four back-to-back league ti­tles. Those sides were built on solid de­fences, but the 2016 Dy­namos team has been built on con­fu­sion and claims and counter claims of sab­o­tage. It seems as though the Harare glam­our side never re­cov­ered from the tur­moil that started at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son with the laugh­able ap­point­ment of un­known Por­tuguese coach Jorge Paulo Silva.

With in­creas­ing talk and sus­pi­cion of match-fix­ing, we urge the PSL to resched­ule the re­main­ing games in­volv­ing the top three teams, Caps United, High­landers and FC Plat­inum to be played si­mul­ta­ne­ously to main­tain the pu­rity of the league com­pe­ti­tion.

If matches are played si­mul­ta­ne­ously, no team will have a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage over the other by go­ing into a match know­ing by how many goals they have to win, since goal dif­fer­ence may as yet play a part in de­cid­ing the new cham­pi­ons.

Play­ing at the same time will also help keep things fair for all teams in­volved, as well as re­tain the drama to the last game of the sea­son. — @dilizwe

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