PSL Round-up with Brenna Matendere

It is here! The 2015 Battle of Zimbabwe Part 1 featuring the country’s biggest clubs, Dynamos and Highlanders, will roar into life at the ceremonial home of football this Sunday.

The match, which will be televised live on the pay-as-you-view broadcaster Super Sport’s channel 9, will hog the lime light to the black and white half of the capital. Highlanders will be looking to beat Dembare in a league match for the first time in nine years. The coach Bongani Mafu-led charges last triumphed over Dembare in 2006 – the last match in which they grabbed the PSL championship.

In the two teams’ last encounter last year, Dynamos’ former striker Washington Pakamisa powered home the solitary goal of the match in the 34th minute of the tie at the National Sports Stadium – beating goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni who was between the sticks on the day.

However, so much has changed in both camps since then. Bosso now has a new coach, Mafu, who replaced last year’s gaffer Kelvin Kaindu. The club seems to have been on a rejuvenation exercise in which they off-loaded most of their aged players and fused young blood into the team.

This includes the trio of Obadiah Tarumbwa, Teenage Hadebe and Nqobizitha Masuku who joined from relegated side Bantu Rovers. Bosso also boasts other youthful stars that can upset Dembare -like Simon Munawa, King Nadolo and Welcome Ndiweni.

In the blue and white side of Harare, there are also interesting changes that have also taken place since last year. Record winning coach Kalisto Pasuwa left and was replaced by David “Yogi” Mandigora while a number of exciting players who could give the battle glamour and glitz it deserves joined. These include Godknows Murwira from Shabanie Mine, former FC Platinum’s left back Qadr Amini and the duo of forwards Kelvin Bulaji and Dominic Chungwa who crossed over from Caps United.

While Dembare has had a better campaign this season in which they are perched at the third position from the top, it is Bosso who will be under pressure to win as they are on the distant eighth position on the log.

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