Veronica GwazeSports Reporter 

FRANK Makarati says captaining Dynamos is like carrying the entire nation on one’s shoulders.

The towering centreback says the role tests one’s character every day.

“This is not an ordinary armband, it keeps you on your toes and your character is tested every now and then,” he said.

“Jalai has been effectively playing the role, but having all the three captains available on the day would make so much difference.

“It is like carrying the entire nation on your shoulders and reminding ourselves what the blue jersey means to us and the nation.”

Makarati could miss the Harare Derby when it returns to its spiritual home at Rufaro on Sunday.

The 2022 Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year second runner-up has been battling for fitness for the greater part of the season, so far. 

It appears on the few appearances he has made, he returned to the show prematurely.

He has failed to make three consecutive appearances this season as he battles a knee injury.

“I am still uncertain of what is going to happen, the pain has subsided but I am not sure if I am there on fitness levels,” he told Zimpapers Sport.

“It is heartbreaking to miss out on a derby because this is one of our most-highly rated fixtures and everyone would want to be part of it. 

“The season has not been easy for me so far because I often have to watch from the sidelines, so I am hoping for the best.”

Considering Makarati has not been consistently training with the team of late, chances are that even if he passes the fitness test, he might ot make it in the starting line-up. 

The injuries to utility Shadreck Nyahwa and Elvis Moyo has left DeMbare coach, Genesis Mangombe, with limited choices at the back. 

“The healing process has taken long and I yearn to be back to competitive action because, as a player, it is never easy to sit and helplessly watch in times that you feel you need to be part of the struggle,” said Makarati. The derby, we always have to play like it is a cup final, it is never an easy game because both sides want to prove a point. 

“We need to bring our A-game, you cannot afford to be off-form on the day, the club, and even our supporters, do not tolerate that. 

“So apart from just playing, it is my role to push the boys because such fixtures need character.” 

Last season, Dynamos swept CAPS United by beating them in the two league matches and in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals.

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