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BancABC hangs on in cup saga

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Sponsors of the BancABC Sup8r Cup say they will not be influenced by the chaotic situation at Dynamos and Highlanders in bankrolling the competition for next year.

BancABC marketing manager Desmond Ali on Wednesday told NewsDay sport that Dynamos and Highlanders were not the only teams in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and they were not going to mar things for 14 other teams in the league.

Ali was responding to the latest ad hoc committee judgment which upheld the decision of the first committee to award the abandoned August 21 BancABC Sup8r semi-final to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline.

“We will cross the bridge when we get there. We are going to review this year’s competition and come up with a decision. We review the competition every year. At times, things turn out to be this way in soccer.

“Things get emotional and we need to approach these things with a sober mind. However, our decision as a sponsor won’t be influenced by Highlanders and Dynamos at the expense of 14 other teams that are in the league,” Ali said.

Regarding the ruling, Ali said the financial institution would stand guided by the PSL and they were not going to have any influence on the judgments that are made in line with the rules and regulations of the tournament.

“We are just sponsors and we will only play our role as sponsors. We will not have any influence on decisions arrived at. We are just sponsors and we are not legal people,” Ali said.

Earlier, while the shenanigans of the tournament raged on, BancABC indicated that they were going to pull out of the competition, which would have left the PSL with egg on the face.

Bosso may challenge the ruling of the second ad hoc committee but yesterday, the Bulawayo giants’ spokesperson Andrew Tapela said the executive had only seen the judgment as individuals and they were yet to deliberate.

“We are yet to sit down as the executive. We are still consulting. We have only seen the judgment as individuals. But we are dismayed as to why we agree to abide by some decisions and the other party decides to change and they are listened to. Who are they? We are still consulting and we need guidance from several avenues,” Tapela said.

The first BancABC semi-final was abandoned due to bad light with nine minutes remaining on August 21 at Barbourfields Stadium.

An ad hoc committee, headed by Harare lawyer Don Moyo to make a ruling on the abandoned match awarded the match to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline.

Highlanders went to court seeking a review of that decision which they were granted by the court but were advised to solve the matter outside court with the other parties concerned.

The matter finally went to Zifa, who resolved that the match be played at a neutral venue in Harare.
Dynamos, after raising their own concerns, did not pitch up for the replay at the National Sports Stadium on October 27.

Zifa took the matter back to PSL and the second ad hoc committee installed to arbitrate on the matter upheld the decision of the first.

They ordered Dynamos to compensate Highlanders for the October 27 match which was not played.

The Harare side will also forfeit a third of their prize money.

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