|Bosso back to their best|
|Saturday, 07 July 2012 21:17|
When the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season roared to life, many expected the usual suspects Dynamos and big-spending FC Platinum to hog the limelight as usual by dominating the race.
But FC Platinum have already fired their coach after 13 weeks of action; Dynamos have given coach Kalisto Pasuwa a three-match ultimatum; while the CAPS United camp is in turmoil over who should really be in charge between Sean Connor and Lloyd Chitembwe.
It has been a good six years since the class of 2006, led by a super-charged Methembe Ndlovu, fresh from a stint in the United States, brushed aside all and sundry to claim a fourth league title since the turn of the millennium and one could feel that this institution was putting DeMbare’s 18-league title record under serious threat.
However, in the ensuing years, the script took quite a fairytale turn as new characters engraved their names in domestic football folklore with Monomotapa United, Gunners and Motor Action all winning the league in successive years and DeMbare widening their gulf with the rest with two more titles.
The unusual trend of hiring and firing coaches became a consistent reality as three coaches, who included Methembe, Madinda Ndlovu and Mkhuphali Masuku, felt the heat and packed their bags.
Bosso are sitting pretty at the apex of the league with 28 points from 12 matches, opening up a four-point gap between them and FC Platinum and, most crucially, eight ahead of DeMbare.
CAPS United, their opponents at Barbourfields today, are a good nine points off the pacesetters.
Suddenly the fans, who had abandoned the stadia, are swelling up at Barbourfields to make it the impregnable fortress it had become at the turn of the century.
Players like Graham Ncube, Milton Ncube and Peter Moyo have been in irresistible form for the log leaders and have been the prime engineers of the team’s superb displays on the park with the two Ncubes banging goals with increased regularity.
United stalwart Mthulisi Maphosa, who has been nothing but a great find for the rebuilding Bulawayo giants.
“The players are not under any pressure to deliver and they are just focused on delivering quality performances on the pitch.
It is still early days yet, but one will stand and give a bow to a team which has virtually fooled statisticians and set the pace in the league race.
Is the Bosso juggernaut rediscovered its destructive force?