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Fireworks at Luveve

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Castle Premier Soccer League (PSL) leaders Chicken Inn’s gaffer Adam Ndlovu comes face to face with FC Platinum striker Charles Sibanda at Luveve Stadium on Saturday after the infamous clash between the two last season.

Sibanda assaulted the former Warriors striker in a league match that was drawn 1-1 on August 27 last year and was slapped with a $1 000 fine and handed a two-match suspension.

Ndlovu was manhandled by Sibanda just before the ill-tempered match when he was assistant to then head coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube and the matter was reported to the police.

Sibanda was nabbed just after the match and taken to Luveve Police Station where he paid a $20 admission of guilt fine before he was released and apologised to Ndlovu.

But the PSL was not amused by the incident and Sibanda was hauled before a disciplinary committee, found guilty and sanctioned, an act that saw him lose favour with then Warriors coach Norman Mapeza for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia.

The FC Platinum player was found guilty of breaching PSL rules and regulations and appeared before the disciplinary panel on September 22.
The verdict stated Sibanda’s behaviour could have ignited unruly behaviour at the stadium.

“Players should be exemplary as they are role models. Such atrocious conduct does not inspire confidence in youngsters. His conduct could have easily sparked violence at the stadium. A deterrent penalty would meet the justice of this case,” read the ruling.

The two meet again on Saturday, this time with Adamski holding fort at the GameCox, the team leading the Premiership standings.

Chicken Inn held the 2011 league runners-up to a 1-1 draw at Maglas Stadium last year and the two clubs shared the spoils in the reverse fixture.
Interestingly, the star-studded platinum miners have never won a league match in Bulawayo since venturing into the top-flight football league last year.

All the matches were played in August last year, starting with a goalless draw against relegated Zimbabwe Saints at White City Stadium on August 14.

They lost to Bulawayo giants Highlanders 1-0 on August 17 through a strike by midfielder Louis Matawu, who has since joined Rahman Gumbo’s camp in Zvishavane, before they drew with Chicken Inn.

Gumbo makes a return to Bulawayo for a match that is expected to attract a larger crowd than last year following Chicken Inn’s good start to the season and being the only league match in the City of Kings this weekend.

Highlanders’ epic battle against eternal rivals Dynamos on Sunday has been postponed as the league champions are away for their Caf Champions League match against Tunisian giants Espérance.

The Drumstick Special Boys chairman Lifa Ncube yesterday said Chicken Inn were expecting a bigger crowd than last year’s
2 000 fans, although they had chosen to stick to their home ground Luveve Stadium.

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