Dynamos have been ordered to compensate Highlanders for the BancABC semi-final match that was supposed to be played on October 27 in which the Harare soccer giants failed to turn up following in-house fighting between the players and management over unpaid salaries and bonuses.
Besides compensating Highlanders and the organising committee, Dynamos were also fined a third of their prize money.
Highlanders travelled to Harare for the semi-final as resolved by Zifa on October 27, but the Glamour Boys were in a no-show.
In a shock turn of events, the second ad-hoc committee tasked to arbitrate over the matter upheld the decision of the first committee to award the initially-abandoned semi-final of August to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline.
Dynamos are now meeting perennial rivals Caps United in the final on a date yet to be announced.
Reads part of the judgment: “The decision of the ad-hoc committee of the 3rd of September be and is hereby held to be binding upon the clubs and the organising committee. Dynamos be and are awarded the match on a scoreline of 3-0.
“However, for putting the game of football into disrepute and letting the organising committee proceed with organising the ill-fated replay knowing fully well they were not going to play, Dynamos be and are hereby fined a third of their prize money in this tournament. Dynamos are further ordered to compensate both Highlanders and the organising committee for all the proven wasted costs incurred in preparation for the game.’’
The second ad-hoc committee was headed by Zifa Northern Region vice-chairman Saidi Sangula, retired referee Andrew Pamire and former Eastern Lions director Francis Mabika.
The committee upheld the decision of the first ad- hoc committee headed by Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee chairman Don Moyo.
The second ad-hoc committee also lambasted the match officiating of the abandoned August 22 semi-final but was cautious to review the findings of Moyo’s committee.
Both Highlanders and Dynamos agreed they would not contest the decisions of Sangula’s committee.
Bosso secretary-general Andrew Tapela on Tuesday said he would not comment on a judgment that he had not seen.