Dynamos beat Highlanders FC in a semi-final and the Premier Soccer League wants to sit and decide whether the win is a win or not. They may decide to play the remaining 17 minutes of the match not completed due to bad light.
What a big shame to the beautiful game of football. The two giants of Zimbabwean football were involved in a BancABC Sup8r semi-final at BF over the weekend, in which the unsightly ugly scenes were the order of the day.
It was a concoction of incompetence, stupidity and ignorance that embraced the occasion, with a million excuses and blames flying everywhere.
Highlanders FC of Bulawayo and Dynamos FC of Harare have always been involved in heated encounters which sometimes begot violence. It would be either the fans or the rarely, the players.
On this occasion, the match was played and Dembare took the lead in the 36 minute through Eddie Mashiri. In the 69th minute Bosso were awarded a penalty after Dynamos’ defender Guthrie Zhokinyu felled Francis Kanda, by the referee, Bryton Malandule .
The not so clever Dynamos players mobbed the assistant referee Abraham Manda seeking the reversal of the decision. Dynamos’ goalkeeper Washington Arubi is said to have centre-finger gestured at the Bosso supporters at the Soweto stand. The Soweto crowd accepted the invitation the way they know how, by throwing all sorts of debris onto the pitch.
The Mbare boys walked off the pitch to their dressing room in protest as the skirmishes swelled. They are reported to have swanked into their casual gear and left the dressing rooms. About 30 minutes later they got into their football kit and went into the pitch and play resumed. The penalty was taken and missed when Arubi dived to his right to save Gilbert Banda’s effort. Dynamos were awarded a penalty of their own.
It is said that Bosso coach Mohamed Fathi ordered a walk-out in a revenge protest. This emotional decision was ill-informed. Even as Bosso came in 30 minutes later to complete the fixture, it was too dark to continue with play and the match ended with Dynamos leading 1-0, therefore deserving to progress to the finals.
According to Acting PSL CEO, Kennedy Ndebele, there was supposed to be a 90 minute match to decide the finalist of the BancABC Cup. In case of a draw in 90 minutes, extra time would be played and eventually penalties to decide a winner on the day.
There has been calls for the match to be played on a neutral venue to decide who will play Caps United in the final. Isaac Mbedzi called on the coaches to pull this one for the sake of fair play and the paying public. Liqhwa Gama had this to say, “I hate to say it but Dembare is through to the next round or is it the final!!”
Both clubs acted in childishly and blamed the referee for failing to handle the game, which may be true. If the robbed a bank because they saw the referee do it, they thought they would escape the jail term by saying the referee started it. Wow, what a mature people we have here.
The Bosso family must actual feel they robbed themselves as they could have played and won the game regardless of all they faced. They may have scared off any potential sponsors who want to associate with excellence and discipline. The team will surely pay a huge fine, adding to their unpaid bills and over $200 000,00 debts.
Do you think it is the Coach’s duty to order players to break rules?