DYNAMOS have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the Harare derby against bitter rivals Caps United at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday following the suspension of defence stalwart Elisha Muroiwa.
Muroiwa has been providing the leadership and influence at the back in the champions’ bid for a record fifth successive championship.
But he will now miss the Harare derby after the PSL revealed in a statement on Thursday that the defender has been suspended for accumulating three yellow cards.
Muroiwa picked the yellow cards in matches against ZPC Kariba, Flame Lily and Highlanders.
Dynamos go into the match against the backdrop of a 2-1 defeat to Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup final at the National Sports Stadium last Saturday.
DeMbare have fallen six points off the mark in the championship race.
Chicken Inn lead the standings with 53 points, FC Platinum are on second spot with 49 points while DeMbare are in third with 47 points and victory over Caps United could spark a dominant run that could give an interesting twist to the championship race.
It’s more than just pride at stake to play against the Green Machine. There is still 12 points to play for and a win over their rivals could give them the much-needed confidence going into the remaining fixtures.
However, Caps United might be out of the championship matrix, but they fighting their own cause. They are building a team for the next campaign and have given themselves the target of a top-four finish this term.
After they were held 1-1 by Triangle at home on Sunday, they remained in sixth position on the league table with 38 points behind Triangle who are in fourth position with 39 points.
A win for Caps United would open a window of hope in their bid for a top-four finish. In the previous meeting the two teams could not be separated with the match ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
Malawi international defender George Nyirenda scored first for the Green Machine before Qadr Amin converted from the spot to level matters.