PSL Round-up with Brenna Matendere

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa believes the early celebrations that have followed the reigning PSL champions weekend win over perennial rivals, Highlanders, could derail their aspirations of a third triumph in as many attempts.


The Glamour Boys’ fans have already concluded that their side will lift the championship, after a last-gap Ocean Mushure penalty condemned Highlanders to a 1-0 home defeat and also saw DeMbare replace Bosso at the summit of the log. Pasuwa said the wild celebrations which swept across the country when the Blue and White boys maintained their dominance over the Bulawayo giants may see his players lose concentration.

“We have to guard against complacency. The race is still on and the chances are wide open for any of the top three teams to win this year’s league,” said Pasuwa. “We have defeated Highlanders, but for me it’s still game-on. If we get carried away as an institution, the celebrations may be short-lived. We are obviously defending the title, but I will have to psyche the players up so that they know it’s never over until the final whistle in football.”

Left with four games, Dynamos are determined to maintain the top spot they had temporarily lost after a defeat at FC Platinum a fortnight ago. Although his side seems to have picked form, Pasuwa will have to once again face his nemesis in the form of Shababie Mine who engineered the Harare giants’ exit from the Mbada Diamonds Cup in the quarter-final stage. There is also unpredictable Triangle, who are bubbling with confidence, following their 5-0 drubbing of Beitbridge-based Tripple B. Pasuwa will also have to pass on Chicken Inn and complete the campaign by outdoing police side Black Mambas if the celebrations that have already begun are to come true.

Dembare have been bad travellers this season, as they had battled to collect full sets of points on away matches till last Sunday. It is against this background that they will seek to turn the tables when they hit the road to the Eastern Highlands, where they will meet Triangle at the Gibbo Stadium. They will also have to pray for miracles when they travel to Bulawayo for a date with the Gamecox, Chicken Inn who are proving dangerous this season.

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