Lawrence Moyo, Editor
…First ever “title decider”
…Best Strikeforce v Best Defence
FOR the first time in the history of the Premiership, title chasers will meet on the final day of the season to decide the winner.
While a number of titles have been decided on the final day, especially over the last decade, the front-runners had NEVER met in the last round of action until this season.
On a number of occasions, the Premier Soccer League had to be on standby with the original silverware and a dummy version as two venues would be deciding the champions.
However, this season there is no need for dummy silverware as destiny of the title will be decided at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow when CAPS United host defending champions, FC Platinum in what promises to be an eventful 90 minutes.
FC Platinum start as favourites as they just need to avoid defeat to be crowned champions while CAPS United only have one option to reclaim the league title –they must win the game on a National Sports Stadium surface battered by rain.
The last time CAPS United and FC Platinum were involved in a title fight, Makepekepe won it by two points in 2016 after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chapungu at Ascot.
ADVANTAGE FC PLATINUM
TWO-TIME champions, FC Platinum are UNBEATEN on the final weekend of the season since 2013 and they have lost on the last day just ONCE since they joined the Premiership in 2011. In their eight seasons to date, FC Platinum lost on the final day in 2012 when they lost 4-2 at home to Black Mambas who needed all points to survive relegation.
Their overall final day record stands at eight games played, four wins, three draws and one defeat. The fixture has been consistent for FC Platinum on the final day as they have been away since 2015 and tomorrow will be the FIFTH successive season they finish the season on the road.
On the two occasions FC Platinum won the Premiership title, they went into the final fixture top of the standings as they do tomorrow.
FC Platinum have, by far, the BEST DEFENCE in the Premiership after conceding just 15 goals in 33 games followed by Ngezi Platinum with 23 goals, Highlanders 24 and Chicken Inn with 25.
On the other hand, CAPS United have the FIFTH WORST defence after letting in 41 goals in their 33 matches, a record better than just Mushowani (46), Triangle (43), Yadah (42) and Bulawayo Chiefs (42).
FC Platinum are hoping to join Dynamos and Highlanders as the ONLY teams to have won the domestic title three years in a row. Dynamos lead the way with two (1980-82 and 2011-14) and Highlanders once (1998/99-2002).
CAPS United have won the Premiership title FOUR times and on all occasions, they went into the final weekend top of the standings. Tomorrow they will be attempting to snatch leadership on the final day for the FIRST TIME in their history.
***CAPS United’ other championship came in 1979.
The 2016 champions are UNBEATEN on final day of the season since 2010 and have five wins and four draws over the period. Motor Action are the last team to beat CAPS United on the final day of the season following their 2-0 success at the then Callies in 2009.
They have, by far, the BEST STRIKEFORCE with 53 goals from 33 matches and a healthy eight goals better than Chicken Inn (45) while Triangle (42) are the only other team to have scored at least 40 goals so far this season.
This means tomorrow’s match features the Best Strikeforce versus the Best Defence.