Double honours for Dynamos

By Takesure Bizure
HARARE giants Dynamos Football Club have clinched the 2007 CBZ Premier Soccer League championship, ending a decade-long wait for the most prestigious accolade.

A 2-0 victory over city neighbours Shooting Stars at Gwanzura stadium on Sunday, coupled with a humiliating 0-1 home loss by Highlanders at the hands of Harare minnows Monomotapa, gave the glamour club an unassailable 58 points from 28 outings.

The two strikes in either half by bow-legged striker Murape Murape and a resurgent Sebastian Mutizirwa effectively ended the 2007 league contest this weekend, with two more games still to be played.

The result sparked wild scenes of celebration on the streets of Harare as news of a Highlanders loss filtered through the crowded townships in the capital.

The league triumph ensures Dynamos has clinched a memorable double, having won the CBZ FA Cup exactly a week ago.

Second-placed Highlanders are still stuck with 51 points from the same number of games. The popular Bulawayo side will need to be careful not to lose the second spot to Masvingo United, who still have a chance of finishing second – in the event of the latter winning its last remaining fixtures and the former losing both.

Masvingo are now on 47 points following a one all draw with army side Black Rhinos.

With the league championship question now having been decided, focus turns to the bottom of the table where the battle to survive the chop gets hotter.

None of the 12 bottom teams on the log standings is sure of a place in the premier league next season as the bottom team can still finish on 37 points, a position that is being occupied by the fifth-placed team. Never in the history of the local premiership has competition been so tight.

Weekend soccer results:

Saturday: CAPS United 1, Lengthens 2; Motor Action 1, CAPS FC 0; Mwana Africa 3, Eastern Lions 1.

Sunday: Hwange 4, Njube Sundowns 0; Shooting Stars 0, Dynamos 2, Highlanders 0, Monomotapa 1; Chapungu 0, Lancashire Steel 0; Black Rhinos 1, Masvingo United 1.

Log Standings, Week 28

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