OLD rivals Highlanders and Dynamos clash this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium with the Byo side not having beaten Dynamos in a league match in the past decade. It was in 2006 when they completed a double, winning 2-0 in Harare and recording a 1-0 victory at home in Bulawayo, the last time they won a league match over the Glamour boys.
Making it a case of History favouring Dynamos and Current form favouring Highlanders as the two giants clash.
Some Joburg based Bosso fans will be at Gumede’s in Yeoville to watch the match.
They went on to lift the league title in that year under the guidance of Methembe Ndlovu as their coach. The Bulawayo giants are yet to lift the league title since then.
In eighteen league meetings since 2006 Dynamos has won ten matches while the other matches were drawn. The ten matches include 1-0 identical score lines when they completed a double in 2014. They also completed a double in 2004 winning 4-0 in Harare through a hat trick from Cutberth Malajila and a single strike from Philip Marufu, as well as a 1-0 win in Bulawayo.
Despite the Dynamos dominance they did not record any victories in the league in 2008 and 2012 as the two giants played out 1-1 draws in both years, both in Harare and Bulawayo.
Current form however favours Highlanders. They are eleven points ahead of Dynamos and having lost once at home to FC Platinum, they are yet to lose away from home. In their four away matches they beat Hwange 3-0, Tsholotsho 2-1, Ngezi Platinum 4-1 and drew with Bulawayo City 1-1.
In contrast Dynamos have not had the best of starts. They are yet to win a home match this season after drawing 0-0 with Triangle and losing by an identical 1-0 score line to Caps United and FC Platinum respectively. The clamour boys only recorded their second win in seven starts last weekend away to Tsholotsho at Babourfields. With only three goals this season and no goal at Rufaro it might be tricky for them against a Bosso team that has managed thirteen goals this season.
Dynamos will bank on their history against Bosso in order to prevail. While Highlanders will bank on the striking duo of Knox Mtizwa and Prince Dube who have scored seven goals between them, Dembare will count on the return to good form of left back Ocean Mushure to inspire the team. The return of Murape Murape as an assistant coach at the club is expected to play a motivational role for the 2014 league champions. – Muziwethu Hadebe
Dynamos 3-2 and Highlanders 1-1
2016 OPENING 7 MATCHES
Dynamos – L, D, W, L, D, L, W
HIGHLANDERS – W, L, W, D, W, W, D