Harare Derby a pale shadow of former self

By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor

THE Harare derby featuring perennial arch-rivals Caps United and Dynamos seems to have lost its value, with the fixture no longer generating interest.

Such is the state of affairs before the encounter set for the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The mere mention of the phrase Harare Derby would create excitement among football fans, while also sending shivers across the two dressing rooms.

The fans used to turn up in their numbers, the players would also show up on the day and the media would run out of superlatives to describe the match.

The derby was a place of legends and a number of players etched their names in history books after putting up their best displays when the two teams clashed.

However, the glamour has been lost and the machine is no longer well oiled.

While the late Joe Mugabe, Brian Badza, Cephas Chimedza, Edward Sadomba, Murape Murape and Memory Mucherahowa added respectability on their names after accomplished performances in the derby, the same cannot be said about the current crop of players.

The capital used to come to a standstill when Dynamos and Caps United were playing but it is just like any other game.

The latest Edition of the Harare Derby set for the National Sports Stadium on Sunday is just an example of how the mighty have fallen.

No one cares anymore. Worse off when it comes on the back of myriad of problems in the two camps.

The CAPS United house is on fire amid player revolts and poor results, while there is a scorched earth policy at Dynamos with everything being done to scuttle the progress of a team that was performing well.

Sunday is the day that the current crop of Caps United and Dynamos players can change the narrative. But the big question is: “Who cares”?

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