The Sunday Mail
THE controversial midfielder with a Dynamos blue heart but a Caps United shirt has the stage alluringly set for him as Harare’s two rivals cross swords again at the National Sports Stadium.
This is his chance to show the team that sent him packing that he is no druggie but a midfielder who can caress the ball when others struggle to bring it under control.
This is his chance to show the team that welcomed him with open arms, despite the reputation he brought through the door, that although his heart is blue, his allegiance is green.
There are over 7,6 billion souls on earth but this may be the day that the Lord has made, specifically made for one lanky lad who answers to the name Denver Mukamba.
Mukamba wants this one badly.
It showed at training all week and could show again, much to DeMbare’s pain, when he comes across the team that stuck the excess baggage tag on him at the start of the season.
There are things Mukamba would have wanted to tell Lloyd Mutasa after the DeMbare coach turned down his pleas for another chance in blue.
He never got the chance to do so, his phone calls to a man he still calls father were ignored.
Later the midfielder became too consumed with finding a new home.
But this afternoon, Mukamba has the perfect chance to deliver that message to Mutasa as thousands bear witness to this Castle Lager Premier Soccer League clash.
The consequences of the man they threw into the gutter sending them packing are too gustily to contemplate for the Dynamos management.
Their decision to ship out Mukamba to Caps United deeply divided the club and those who were against the move are sure set to revive that debate if this one turns out to be a Mundikumbuke show.
Questions will be asked how one Lloyd, the one from Caps United, has managed to do what their Lloyd failed to do with Mukamba – that is bring the boy back to life.
Dynamos knew that there was always going to be a danger of the former Kiglon and Bidvest Wits man coming back to bite them and mulled insulating themselves as they negotiated Mukamba’s loan deal to Makepekepe.
However, in their desperation to see the back of the player, the Dynamos management forgot to insert the clause that would have barred the 25-year-old from aiming his guns at them today.
During the week, there were attempts to remind Caps United of the “gentlemen’s agreement” that Mukamba would not play against his parent club.
But without something in black and white, those attempts turned out to be a joke, just like everything associated with a Dynamos side that is winless in six league matches.
“In as far as I am concerned, Denver is a CAPS United player and he really wants to compete and play in these kind of games,” said Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe.
“He wants to do his job and the job asks him to be playing against any team in the league. If he does qualify to be part of the team and do well in training, then he stands a very good chance of playing against Dynamos because he has a contract that requires him to compete in each and every single game that we play. That is why he is also obliged to play against Dynamos.’’
Meanwhile, the Harare Derby odds might be heavily stuck against DeMbare but this club has a proud history of defying the odds, a proud history of rising from the dead.
A good start will be key for Lloyd Mutasa’s men.
Any signs of things going south in the early exchanges may sap the little confidence that this misfiring outfit still has in the tank after a league start scripted in Hades.
The DeMbare gaffer is praying that his boys will get into groove, do their moves and possibly save his job.
“I have faith and belief in my youngsters, once they get their groove they can beat any team in the league, Caps United included. We have done all that is supposed to be done in the build up to a derby,” said Mutasa.