TEN years have passed but for CAPS United this has a touch of the disastrous campaign of 2012.
If that is the case, ahead of the Harare Derby this coming weekend, then their bitter rivals Dynamos have a reason to smile.
Back in 2012, the Glamour Boys won the league championship when Callisto Pasuwa’s men found a way to edge a resilient Highlanders, who fought all the way, in a thriller.
In the end, Bosso’s fine efforts came just short, with the Bulawayo giants forced to settle for silver, when their points tally (69) were good for gold.
After all, they were just the number of points which DeMbare needed to be crowned champions in this dead heat.
The difference was goal difference and, as had been the case in 1983, when they finished with the same number of points with Rio Tinto (36), it was the Glamour Boys who had the last laugh.
It was also a similar case in 1995, when Dynamos, then under the tutelage of the legendary Sunday Chidzambwa, finished with the same number of points as Blackpool (58).
However, the Harare giants won the league championship by virtue of a superior goal difference.
But, while Dynamos and Highlanders had a vintage race in 2012, the same cannot be said about CAPS United.
Makepekepe were a pale shadow of themselves, throughout the season, as happens to be the case right now, where they are struggling to know when their next victory will come from.
The Green Machine ended the season, in 2012, on a paltry 39 points, 30 points behind both DeMbare and Bosso.
What this means is that the two other giants could have afforded to donate about seven of their victories, in matches where they didn’t face Makepekepe, and still finished ahead of the Green Machine.
Crucially, CAPS United finished just five points clear of relegation trouble during that season.
Gunners, who occupied the final slot in the relegation mix, were on 34 points.
Blue Rangers, Hardbody and Quelaton were the other clubs which fell by the wayside.
There is a pattern, which developed that season, which can be seen in what is happening at Makepekepe today.
The Green Machine have lost all their last FIVE matches in the league with Bulawayo Chiefs becoming the latest recipients to the Father Christmas from Harare.
Somebody has to tell the CAPS United camp that this isn’t the season for giving yet because we are just slipping into winter and not summer, which comes with Christmas.
Back in 2012, Makepekepe were beaten 0-1 by Dynamos, the club they meet next in the league, on June 30.
It marked the start of a poor run which would see the Green Machine lose SEVEN of their EIGHT league matches, including SIX on the trot.
They drew 1-1 against Black Mambas, after their narrow defeat to DeMbare, to give their fans a glimmer of hope.
But, it all came crashing down after that as they lost their next SIX matches.
It means that if they lose the Harare Derby on Sunday, they would have matched their worst run, in terms of consecutive defeats, in the last 10 years. One of those losses was a 0-3 hammering, at the hands of the Glamour Boys, in the reverse fixture.
Their fans will be praying that will not be the case on Sunday when they take on their biggest rivals, at the giant stadium.
Ironically, it was the 0-3 defeat to Dynamos, which ended the rot, with CAPS United managing a goalless draw, in their next match, against Buffaloes.
Dynamos 1-0 CAPS (L)
CAPS 1-1 Black Mambas (D)
Highlanders 1-0 CAPS United (L)
Round 15 [Jul 15]
CAPS United 1-2 Hwange (L)
Round 16 [Aug 4]
Hwange 3-2 CAPS United (L
Round 17 [Aug 11]
CAPS United 0-2 Highlanders (L)
Round 18 [Aug 18]
Black Mambas 1-0 CAPS United (L)
Round 19 [Aug 26]
CAPS United 0-3 Dynamos (L)
Round 20 [Sep 2]
Buffaloes 0-0 CAPS United (D)