By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
DYNAMOS teenage sensation Bill Antonio has become the talk of town after playing a starring role as the Glamour Boys made it five victories in five successive matches to move within a point of log leaders Chicken Inn.
Antonio, who was playing high school football last year, grabbed the headlines after scoring a beautiful goal that was laced with individual brilliance to give Dynamos yet another victory this time over army side, Black Rhinos.
With three minutes to go before the end of the match, it appeared the two sides were set for a share of the spoils, but Antonio had other ideas.
He picked up the ball on the left flank near the corner flag before dancing and dazzling his way into the box past three defenders and slotting the ball into the back of the net – a move synonymous of how the great Lionel Messi used to dance around defenders at his peak.
The goal was his third of the season on top of the four assists that he has provided for the Glamour Boys, who are on a five-match winning streak.
Since losing to Chicken Inn at the end of February, the Harare giants have dispatched Bulawayo Chiefs, Harare City, ZPC Kariba, Tenax and lately Black Rhinos.
Even though they have not set the league alight with their scoring abilities, DeMbare have been powered by a strong defence that has only let in a mere four goals in ten matches, the least in the league.
With almost a quarter of the season gone, their fans are starting to believe that this could be their year as the Glamour Boys are second with 22 points just a point behind log leaders, Chicken Inn.
Meanwhile, Triangle, who were held to a 0-0 draw by goal-shy Highlanders, are in third place with 20 points, a point ahead of fourth-placed Manica Diamonds.
While the young Bill Antonio was grabbing all the headlines in the capital, the experienced William Manondo continued with his consistency after scoring his ninth goal for Caps United in their 2-1 loss to Tenax at Sakubva Stadium.
Even with Makepekepe fluctuating in terms of performances, the evergreen Manondo has been a regular goal scorer since crossing the floor from rivals, Harare City.
Whawha still anchor the log after another loss this time to FC Platinum, and the defeat was their seventh of the campaign.
Bulawayo City are just a point above Whawha with six points, while Yadah’s first win of the season against Herentals lifted them to 16th position with eight points.