Harare City appeal

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The circus in the Zifa Northern Region Division One has intensified as the fight for the ticket to represent the region in next seasons Castle Lager Premier Soccer League yesterday took another twist with Harare City appealing against the leagues disciplinary committee who docked them points for using an ineligible player.

In a decision that was delivered last Friday, the council-owned team was docked 18 points for allegedly using an improperly registered player, Webster Muronda, in six of their league matches last season.

The ruling by the Misheck Hogwe-led committee effectively means Harare City lose their place to represent the region in the upcoming league season.

If the ruling stands, DStv Rangers, who finished the season in second position, automatically get the promotion ticket. However, Harare City chairman Denis Sithole yesterday said they were not happy with the ruling and had already handed in their papers of appeal.

It is very unfortunate that football matters are now being decided in boardrooms and the courts, and not on football fields. As Harare City,we feel we won the title fairly. To be honest, we are not satisfied with the decision of the disciplinary committee.

We submitted our papers of appeal through our legal adviser Wisdom Gandanzara on Monday. We are now waiting to hear from Gandanzara for the way forward, but we are not happy with the initial ruling, said Sithole.

The disciplinary committee found Harare City guilty of using Muronda, who was contracted and registered to play for AMC for the same period. Read part of the ruling: The penalty for using an ineligible player is the docking of three points for each and every match in which the ineligible player partook.

In this case, Harare City used the player in six matches, meaning a total of 18 points will be docked from Harare City.

Registration to play for Harare City was improper and irregular in so far as it was done by use of false information, namely that the player was a free agent who had last played for Sporting Manhenga, when in fact he had a running contract with and was duly registered to play for AMC. It follows that when the player played for Harare City, he was not eligible to do so.