Another year for the underdogs

HARARE - As the 2011 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race heads for the second stage of the campaign it's all pointing to another year for the underdogs.

It’s the so called smaller teams who are leading the race for the ultimate prize in domestic football – with seven games played in the campaign so far. Motor Action, winners of the coveted league title last term for the first since their formation from the ashes of Blackpool in 2000, are enjoying a cool breeze at the summit of the table with an incredible 17 points from eight matches. Newboys Chicken Inn, in their maiden appearance in the elite league, are second with the same number of points – but are a rung below the Mighty Bulls because of a superior goal difference.

Premiership money bags, FC Platinum, also making their maiden appearance in the league, have made a bold statement of intent and are sitting pretty on third position with 16 points from seven matches with a game in hand. Now, there is this feeling among football enthusiasts that the year 2011 could be a repeat of last year when the unknowns won the race at the expense of the so called big guns.

A closer look at the league table shows that the traditional Big Three Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United appear to be struggling. Before yesterdays fixtures, Highlanders were on fourth position with 14 points from seven games while CAPS United follow with the same number of points. Dynamos were a distant seventh with 11points from seven matches and whether any of the three will be able to catch up to win the contest remains to be seen.

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