|Dembare and the Zorai Butter phenomenon - So Who Will Be Champions?|
|Friday, 18 November 2011 20:07|
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So Who Will Be Champions?
The only difference is that this year, Dynamos have the destiny of their championship battle in their hands, aided by a huge goal difference advantage, which means that FC platinum have to outscore them one in four for them to be crowned champions.
FC Platinum are up against a Shooting Stars team that has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, in a vain but courageous battle to avoid relegation, and held Motor Action to a goalless draw at Callies, beat Blue Ribbon and narrowly lost 0-1 to CAPS United in their last three league games.
Kiglon were an embarrassment, for all the bravery they had shown in their battle to avoid the chop, including losing only 1-2 at the Colliery when they took just 13 players there, when they played their first match, following confirmation of their relegation, against Zimbabwe Saints.
What remains the question is how far they can limit the damage likely to be inflicted by an opponent that has been on a high, since leaving Masvingo empty-handed and feeling aggrieved by the decision to force them to play a tough away match without Cuthbert Malajila and Washington Arubi, and coming out of the Colliery cursing all the referees for a disallowed effort that meant so much.
What remains the question is how far they can limit the damage likely to be inflicted by an opponent that badly needs a lift, after the shattered dreams that littered Mandava on Sunday, following a crowning ceremony that went badly wrong after Dynamos inflicted a stunning defeat that turned the race on its head.
It's very likely that both the Wild Boys and Kiglon's coaches, and their best players, would leave come end of the season to remain part of the Premiership and they have a duty to conduct themselves in a way that will make them good candidates to join other teams should they decide to move.
Zimbabwe Saints have already fired the first shots, in an article carried by The Chronicle yesterday, saying they will challenge their relegation in court because, as Zifa confirmed in hiring the foreign referees, there were machinations at play in the local refereeing fraternity and poor Saints were victims because they did not have the cash to pay match officials.
The relegated teams want all the 16 teams, who were part of the Premiership this season, to remain members of the elite league next year, with the four teams coming from Division One being embraced to bring the number to 20 for the championship next season.
The three clubs argue that it's not a coincidence that the poorest teams in the Premiership - Saints, Kiglon and Shooting Stars - were the first to be relegated in a season poisoned by the allegations of graft that rocked the domestic refereeing family and led to the hiring of expatriate personnel.
Against a background where they are fighting for a new lease of life in the Premiership, albeit on a technicality, it is therefore important that Kiglon and Shooting Stars do not conduct themselves in shame in their final matches tomorrow but, rather, they come out of the duels with their heads held high and being teams worthy of sympathy.
Noone knows what will happen tomorrow but, given the way they played against their main rivals in the race, you get a feeling Dynamos got it right in games that mattered to deserve this title and, in a year they beat FC Platinum three times, without conceding a goal, they can be forgiven when they brag that they are the best.