Dynamos have said they will assist the families of their supporters who perished in a road accident on their way to Zvishavane to watch a top-of-the-table clash between the Harare giants and FC Platinum last Sunday.
The supporters were travelling from Bulawayo to Zvishavane when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst a rear tyre and veered off the road before overturning at the 200km peg along the Bulawayo-Masvingo road.
One person died on the spot and another succumbed to injuries on admission at Filabusi Hospital on the same day. Twelve other passengers sustained injuries and were rushed to Filabusi Hospital before being transferred to Bulawayo United Hospitals.
Dynamos secretary-general Nyika Chifamba yesterday said his club would offer assistance to the bereaved families.
“It’s very sad that we lost some of our members in a road accident and as a one united big family, we have decided to give them all the assistance that we can. We are linking up with our representatives in Bulawayo so that they can give us information on the sort of assistance we can give,” said Chifamba.
He added: “Those supporters died on their way to support their team and it was very unfortunate that it ended that way. As a club, we have to do everything to help their families and friends in this time of need.”
Chifamba said his club — which went on to beat FC Platinum 1-0 on that fateful day to assume the top position on the log — will want to win the league and the Mbada Diamonds Cup, in honour of the departed fans.
Dynamos are on 55 points, the same number as the Zvishavane side although the Harare giants have a better goal difference of +4.
Dynamos will need to beat Kiglon on Sunday to be crowned the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions. Another win against outgoing league champions Motor Action on November 27 will see them clinching the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
FC Platinum’s hope of winning the championships now lies in Kiglon beating or drawing with Dynamos. But still, the Platinum miners would also have to beat Shooting Stars at Gwanzura on Sunday for them to win the league. Both Shooting Stars and Kiglon will be playing for their pride as they are already relegated.
“Their wish was to see their team winning against FC Platinum and taking the league title. We will have to do it, for them. We will also ask Zifa and the Premier Soccer League for a minute of silence before our final league match against Kiglon on Sunday,” said Chifamba.
While the focus will be on Rufaro and Gwanzura on Sunday, earlier on Saturday, the fourth team to face relegation would have been confirmed.
The relegation dogfight is between Shabanie Mine, who are on 31 points, Monomotapa on 33 points, and Masvingo United, who are a point above Monoz.
Monoz host Masvingo at Rufaro on Saturday while Shabanie will welcome Highlanders at Maglas on the same day.
Saturday: Zimbabwe Saints v Caps United (White City), Blue Ribbon v Chicken Inn (Gwanzura), Black Mambas v Motor Action (Morris Depot), Shabanie v Highlanders (Maglas), Gunners v Hwange (Lafarge), Monomotapa v Masvingo (Rufaro)
Sunday: Shooting Stars v FC Platinum (Gwanzura), Dynamos v Kiglon (Rufaro)