It’s for DeMbare to lose

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Moses “Bambo” Chunga

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

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