Could Caps turn the tables on Dynamos?

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APRIL 13 2009 can be a distant memory for many, but not for Caps United fans as that is the day their team last registered a league victory over today’s opponents Dynamos.

ALBERT MARUFU
Sports Reporter

On target on that afternoon was former “Green Machine” striker Nyasha Mushekwi now on the books of Belgian side KV Oostende.

A lot has happened since that day, and like a script tragedy, it has been disastrous for Caps United with Dynamos maintaining dominance in the famous Harare derby, winning six and drawing two of the eight games that have been played to date.

However, Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro, whose side has gone on a 10-match unbeaten run since their 0-1 loss to — coincidentally Dynamos — believes today’s clash at Rufaro Stadium would be their opponents’ day of Armageddon.

“We have been enjoying a purple patch and along the way we have beaten teams that we have always struggled against,” he said.

“We managed to beat Highlanders and Hwange and draw against Monomotapa whom we last beat three years ago.

“Dynamos have dominated us for a long time and this should also stop on Sunday (today).”

Caps United had become almost like a punching bag for Highlanders, Hwange and Monomotapa, but respective 2-1, 2-0 victories and a nil-all draw this season changed all that boosting their confidence.

Mangwiro, who will be missing the services of long-term injury casualty Gift Phiri, Terrence Gondo and the suspended Arnold Chivheya, added that his side was ready for the clash.

“There are three points at stake and we are aware of the great rivalry that exists between the two sides.“We are definitely going to win this match,” he said.

Judging by the current form of goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Rahman Kutsanzira and Dominic Chungwa, Mangwiro has every reason the believe. However, Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro does not think so.

“Derby games can be tricky, but there is no way Caps United is going to beat us tomorrow.

“Besides, the injured Augustine Mbara, Thomas Magorimbo, suspended, every player is available for this match,” he said.

Dynamos will be looking up to the impressive Tawanda Muparati, Russel Madamombe, slowly coming out of his shell, defenders ocean Mushure and Partson Jaure.

Dynamos’ new recruit Oscar Machapa, who ironically used to turn out for Caps United, added to the tempo of this match earlier in the week with a bold declaration that he had not lost in the Harare derby and is not prepared to start now.

How Dynamos have played against Caps since 2009
15-09-13 Dynamos ?-? Caps United
19-05-13 Caps United 0-1 Dynamos
26-08-12 Caps United 0–3 Dynamos
28-07-12 Dynamos 1-0 Caps United
24-07-11 Dynamos 2-1 Caps United
19-06-11 Caps United 0-1 Dynamos
14-11-10 Dynamos 0-0 Caps United
02-05-10 Caps United 1-2 Dynamos
19-09-09 Dynamos 1-1 Caps United
13-04-09 Caps United 2-0 Dynamos