Dynamos will contest their third cup final of the season after an ad-hoc committee that was set by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to deliberate on the abandoned BancABC semi- final match against Highlanders upheld an earlier decision to award the match to the Harare giants on a 3–0 scoreline.
Highly placed sources revealed last night that Dynamos had been awarded the game-hopefully bringing closure to the fourth-month-old saga — and will now play Caps United in the final on a day yet to be announced.
“The game has been awarded to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline. The date for the final is yet to be set,” our sources said.
Initially, BancABC wanted the final to be played at the weekend, but this has failed as the ad-hoc committee was still deliberating the issue.
The ill-fated match was played on August 21 but was abandoned after Highlanders protested against a penalty awarded to Dynamos nine minutes from full time with the Harare giants leading 1-0.
The match had earlier been stopped after Dynamos protested against a penalty awarded to Highlanders.
An ad-hoc committee set up to arbitrate on the match awarded it to Dembare on a 3–0 scoreline after holding Highlanders responsible for the behaviour of their fans leading to the subsequent abandonment of the match.
Feeling shortchanged, Highlanders approached the High Court to stop the final between Dynamos and Caps United initially set for October 2 and won the case pending a review of the ad hoc committee’s decision.
The PSL then engaged the clubs concerned with Bosso indicating they were ready for a replay at a neutral venue while Dynamos maintained that they would only play the remaining nine minutes.
The matter was then referred to the Zifa board for adjudication who ruled that the match should be played in full at the National Sports Stadium last month.
However, Dynamos players failed to pitch up at the venue, arguing that they had already been awarded the match by the body authorised to deal with the dispute.
Zifa, the highest authority in local football surprisingly dragged the issue back to the PSL so that they could resolve it in “terms of the PSL statutes and the competition’s rules and regulations”. The PSL again set up another ad-hoc committee to look into the matter and were on record saying their decision this time around would be binding.
Efforts to get a comment from Highlanders secretary Andrew Tapela were fruitless while Dynamos secretary-general Oliver Manyau had not received official communication from the PSL at the time of going to print. Dynamos are the Independence Trophy and Zaoga Golden Jubilee Charity Shield winners after beating Highlanders on both occasions.