The Premier Soccer League (PSL) last might announced that the match in which Dynamos hooligans assaulted the Hwange technical team at Rufaro Stadium has been nullified.
The game will now be played at a neutral venue. Dynamos won the match 4-2, but the league ruled that match be replayed because the Hwange technical team was assaulted and were taken to hospital on the day in question.
Meanwhile, a derby between champions Dynamos and newcomers Harare City may be re-scheduled to this weekend following its initial postponement because of the national team’s commitments.
The PSL had suspended the match as Dynamos had provided three players to the senior national team that will play Mozambique in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
PSL regulations state that a club can opt not to play a league match if it has provided three or more players to the national team.
However, defender Patson Jaure was last night dropped from the 18-member squad heading for Mozambique, reducing Dynamos players in the national team camp to two.
PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele yesterday said: “I’m yet to get formal communication from Zifa on the final squad going to Mozambique. I can’t say the match will go on or not at the moment because I will have to communicate with the executive and the two clubs.
We also have other things to consider like the venue for the match and which games might need to be switched to accommodate it.”
Ndebele said all the other league matches would resume this weekend with two matches set for Saturday and the remaining six being played on Sunday.
The league had been temporarily halted to pave way for the Warriors’ World Cup qualifier against Guinea last Sunday.
FC Platinum, minus coach Gumbo who travelled with the Warriors, host relegation-threatened Quelaton at Mandava Stadium on Saturday while Black Mambas, winless in the last four matches, will be looking for a change of fortunes when they host Motor Action at Morris Depot on the same day.
The Bulawayo derby between log leaders Highlanders and Chicken Inn at Barbourfields headlines the Sunday programme.
High-flying Buffaloes, seated pretty on third position, host a troubled Gunners at Sakubva Stadium. The army side are on a roll, having won their previous four league matches and Gunners could be added in their growing list of casualties.
Rejuvenated Caps United will be looking for the first set of maximum points outside the capital when they travel to Ascot Stadium to meet Hardbody.
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Fixtures:
Saturday: FC Platinum v Quelaton (Mandava), Black Mambas v Motor Action (Morris Depot)
Sunday: Highlanders v Chicken Inn (Barbourfields), Buffaloes v Gunners (Sakubva), Hwange v Shabanie Mine (Colliery), Hardbody v CAPS United (Ascot), Monomotapa v Blue Rangers (Rufaro).