15 August 2018
THE stunning record of draws by Harare City this year could come at a huge cost.
Mark Harrison side have recorded 11 draws so far, the highest in the Premiership after 21 games this season.
The positive side of it is that ONLY FC Platinum have recorded less defeats than Harare City at two losses compared to their three. Chicken Inn have also recorded three defeats.
And the negative side for Harare City’s record of draws is that they are now four draws away from equaling their own record of highest number of draws in one season since they were promoted, the highest by any team in that period.
So cloudy is the situation for the Sunshine Boys that since 2012, Tsholotsho in 2017 were relegated after recording 13 draws in one season. Flame Lily were also relegated in 2015 after recording 14 draws.
Harrison’s charges have only done themselves a big favour by winning more matches whenever they have avoided the draws.
The painful reality for them is that they should be in the title race had they converted at least four of their 11 draws into wins.
Harrison is on record saying lack of goals have been their greatest undoing and he considers his charges as third best to FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum, given their good record in terms of defeats.
And they may as well get inspiration from the fact that since they started playing in PSL in that 2012, Dynamos have won the league title after recording more than 11 draws in one season, in 2013.
In that 2013, Harare City had the same number of draws (12) with the eventual champions DeMbare, and only separated by goal difference after managing 54 points.
In the period under review, Harare City had the highest draws in 2012 with 13 points.
In 2013, DeMbare and Harare City had the highest draws at 12 while FC Platinum were highest in 2014 with the same number.
Harare City had the highest number of draws at 15 in 2015 while ZPC Kariba and How Mine ended highest with 12 draws each in 2016.
Last year CAPS United and Tsholotsho were highest with 13 draws each, costly for Makepekepe as they failed to defend their title and heartbreaking for the latter as it meant relegation.