The Premier Soccer League (PSL) match between Gunners and Dynamos pencilled for Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday hangs in the balance, with contrasting reports coming from the PSL and Chando Kupisa over whether the match is still on.
The PSL released a fixture list last week confirming the game will be played today and were yesterday insisting the game is still on.
“We gave you the fixtures last week and I have not heard anything contrary to that,” said Kenny Ndebele, the acting PSL chief executive officer.
“I only came back into the country yesterday (Tuesday) but I have not heard anything like that (postponement of the match), and I have not received any communication from Gunners to that effect,” added Ndebele.
However, as PSL was insisting that the game will go on as scheduled, Gunners were singing from a different hymn book.
Although officials from Gunners refused to comment on the matter, referring all the questions to PSL, highly placed sources in the team’s technical team, who refused to be named, said they want the match to be played on Sunday.
“PSL never communicated to us that the match will be played during mid-week, we only got to know about it in the newspapers,” said the source.
“Our argument is very simple, the initial match was supposed to be played on a Sunday, so why is that PSL want us to play the match during the week.
“As far as we know, we are playing Dynamos during the weekend, I’m not sure which weekend because we haven’t been officially informed.
We haven’t received the ruling and PSL cannot just reschedule the match without letting us know. What if we want to appeal against the decision?” asked the source.
The initial match, which was supposed to have been played as a season opener, was postponed after Dynamos refused to play on the eve of the Independence Trophy final.
The PSL then rescheduled the replay but Chando Kupisa contested the decision and the matter was referred to Zifa, who ordered a replay.
Meanwhile, Motor Action has said they would not fulfil their remaining fixtures unless Dynamos has fulfilled their outstanding match.
Joey Antipas, Mighty Bulls head coach, told NewsDay on Tuesday that the game in hand is giving Dynamos an unfair advantage over his team.
“Dynamos are obviously at an advantage over us because they have a game in hand. They have to fulfil their outstanding match before we can play our next fixture,” said Antipas.
“If the PSL can’t force Dynamos to play their game in hand, then they can as well give the championship to Dynamos, the playing field is not level already,” he said.
Motor Action and Dynamos are neck and neck in the Premiership race, with the Mighty Bulls leading by just a point and the former champions enjoying a game in hand.
If the PSL concedes defeat in these two matters, Motor Action will not be in action this weekend.