It’s for DeMbare to lose
WHAT a task The Sunday Mail Sport guys have given me!
It’s squeaky bum time once again and permutations are the order of the day as the 2017 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race goes into the final lap.
Who will in it? Which four will go down the drain?
This is what has gripped the football fraternity as we head for another gruelling home run of a rather exciting Premiership contest.
If you ask me I will tell you the seven million souls will carry Dynamos home.
Do I hear someone saying Bambo is Dynamos?
The fact is DeMbare have an easier run-in compared to the other three title contenders: FC Platinum, Ngezi Platinum Stars and Chicken Inn.
Although they have not been playing well of late, something tells me with their massive support and rich history, this race is for Dynamos to lose.
Actually, I feel this race might not go to the wire as expected by many because the next four rounds could decide it all.
If DeMbare’s midfield ticks — because this has been the team’s biggest let-down of late — then their chances of landing this one are huge.
But don’t rule out Ngezi Platinum Stars!
In my opinion, I see this race soon becoming a two-horse race between the Mhondoro side and DeMbare.
FC Platinum do not have the right quality upfront, their scoring has been poor and a statistic of 28 goals in 27 matches doesn’t augur well for a team chasing the title.
They have a solid defence but I am afraid their attacking might let them down.
Chicken Inn, well at one time I rated them as hot favourites but they have suddenly dipped.
I do not know how they will pick themselves up after the Chibuku Super Cup exit and that 0-4 humiliation at the hands of Highlanders. Their morale is battered at the wrong time, pyschologically they are down.
In the end, it could boil down to who has the character and history.
Dynamos have to work extra hard, this business of relying too much on one player — Christian Epoupa Ntouba or — sometimes Ocean Mushure might not take them to the Promised Land.
Now DeMbare need everyone to click, they need goals from everywhere and anywhere.
All along it has been Ntouba or Mushure carrying the team and my feeling is if anything happens to these two then DeMbare are doomed.
Dynamos play a troubled ZPC Kariba and relegation-bound Tsholotsho FC in their next two fixtures.
And they have to be wary of Tsholotsho FC! Why?
Because I know my young man Darlington Dodo will try as much as possible to improve his CV by beating or holding DeMbare.
For Ngezi, their next two consecutive away fixtures at Bulawayo City and Chapungu are crucial because they will play teams that are not safe from relegation.
If they can collect six points from the two, then they will be in a good position to face Dynamos at the Baobab.
I have a respect for Ngezi, of the four teams chasing the title I think the Mhondoro side are the most balanced side.
Tonderai Ndiraya has assembled a formidable force but do they have the character to stand the heat? Are they capable of handling the pressure?
Last week Ngezi dropped points at home against the so-called weak Tsholotsho and to me that was a huge blow.
However, Ngezi Platinum v Dynamos in Week 30 could turn out to be the game of the season.
It could actually shape the destiny of the title!
On the tail end of the table well, I am convinced Bantu Rovers and Tsholotsho are gone.
Even though Bulawayo City, Chapungu, Triangle and Black Rhinos are still not safe, I believe they will survive the chop.
Yadah FC will not be relegated either, they have a good team and what they only need is technical expertise.
So who are the two candidates to join Bantu and Tsholotsho FC? Harare City, Hwange and Shabanie have a lot to do.
I feel sorry for my mudhara Alois Masepe; his vision and objectives at Harare City were trampled upon.
The Sunshine Boys are inconsistent and have tricky fixtures away at Chicken Inn, Triangle and Hwange.
Hwange, on their part, are blowing hot and cold. There is too much chikomboni mentality there and that might affect Bigboy Mawiwi’s chances of survival.
As for Shabanie, their financial side is not that good and that might cost them.
My former club Harare City need to win three consecutive games and they are home and dry. But consistency is easier said than done. Bambo is out! ◆ Moses Chunga is a Premier Soccer League winning coach with Gunners in 2009. He is active on his Facebook page Moses Chunga