Babourfields’ Battle Lines Drawn: Players To Watch
Highlanders and Dynamos, two of Zimbabwe’s most iconic football teams, will face off in the latest instalment of the ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’ at Babourfields Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday. The game is expected to attract a huge crowd, with Bosso’s last two games against defending champions FC Platinum and Chicken Inn drawing large numbers of fans.
Brito Breaks Jinxes
Highlanders coach Baltemar Brito has had success since taking over from Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu in the Bosso dugout last year. He has broken two jinxes that had plagued Highlanders before his arrival. The team had gone 32 games without a win away from home in the league, and for nine years, they could not beat FC Platinum in the league. But Brito has broken both jinxes, much to the delight of the Bosso faithful.
Dynamos, on the other hand, have not beaten Highlanders in the league since 2015, and the Bosso fans want that record to stay intact. DeMbare started the 2023 season promisingly, beating Hwange and thumping Premiership debutants Sheasham 4-0. However, they failed to win their last two games against Simba Bhora and Cranborne Bullets. DeMbare coach Herbert ‘Jompano’ Maruwa is feeling no pressure despite the lack of recent victories. He is optimistic that his team can come away with a positive result.
Mukamba to Add Impetus
Maruwa will be looking to crowd favourite Denver Mukamba to add the much-needed impetus to the DeMbare attack. Mukamba made his first start against the Bullets and put on a decent show before fizzling out later in the second half. Maruwa will also be relying on his defence, led by captain Frank Makarati, who has yet to concede a goal this season.
Highlanders’ Key Players
For Highlanders, reigning Soccer Star of the Year finalist Devine Mhindirira will be key in midfield, and so will striker Lynoth Chikuhwa upfront.
The ‘Battle of Zimbabwe
Highlanders and Dynamos have been rivals for years, and their matches are always highly anticipated. The rivalry between the two teams dates back to the 1960s, and it has become a symbol of the fierce competition between the cities of Bulawayo and Harare.
The rivalry between the two teams is not just about football, but it also represents a cultural, economic, and social competition between the two cities. The rivalry has always been intense, with both teams battling for supremacy.
The rivalry between Highlanders and Dynamos has produced some of the most memorable matches in Zimbabwean football history. The two teams have met 132 times, with Highlanders winning 40 games, Dynamos winning 45 games, and 47 games ending in a draw.
Highlanders and Dynamos have also produced some of Zimbabwe’s greatest players, with legends like Peter Ndlovu, George Shaya, and Stanley Ndunduma playing for the two teams.
The ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’ has become more than just a football match; it is a symbol of the fierce competition between the two cities. The match is always highly anticipated, and the atmosphere at the stadium is electric. Fans of both teams come out in their thousands to support their teams, and the noise and excitement can be heard for miles.
The ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’ has become a cultural event, with music, dance, and food stalls outside the stadium. Fans of both teams wear their team colours and wave flags, and the atmosphere is festive and joyful.
Dynamos Players To Watch
- Matindife 11
- Mukamba 1o
- Shandirwa 44