Referee assault: 3 more players arrested

THREE more Black Rhinos players have been arrested in connection with the assault of referee Mercy Maimbo on Saturday during the NetOne Cup football final match at Rufaro Stadium.


Two other suspects — Rufaro Machingura and Tariro Makumbe — were picked up by the police soon after the match and were supposed to appear before the court yesterday, but their case has been moved to Monday.

This was after the complainant indicated that she was assaulted by six people and the police needed to track them down.

Zifa administrator Obert Mamvura yesterday told NewsDay Sport that the other four Black Rhinos players whose names have been dragged in the case are Rutendo Makore, Kudakwashe Bhasopo, Eunice Chibanda and Joseline Elijah.

Makore, Bhasopo and Chibanda all play for the Mighty Warriors.
Mamvura said three of the suspects had been arrested and had joined Machingura and Makumbe in police custody.

“I don’t have the finer details, but I understand three of the suspects have been arrested and one is still on the run,” Mamvura said.

“The case has been postponed to Monday to give the police time to track the other suspect down.”

The State is also expected to present a medical record to determine the extent of the injuries sustained by Maimbo during the assault.

Mighty Warriors striker Machingura and Makumbe are alleged to have assaulted the referee after the match, which ended 2-2 in regulation time and eventually won 5-4 by Inline Academy in a penalty shoot-out.


  1. teach these kidz respect of their careers.

  2. The clubs need to take action against these players. There is no room for such acts of violence in sport.

  3. Fight yemubhora haiende ku ma purisa neku court otherwise dai Alex Song ari muchitokisi ku Brazil. Kana Suarez dai akasungwaso. Even Tyson angadai akasungwa. Zvekumasports especially in the field of play is not a court case but a ZIFA disciplinary measure. Now if ZIFA is taken to court how will it appeal tp FIFA if its players are being taken to court? The players were wrong but ask Gibson Homela if he faced a court when he assaulted a ref after losing to Caps United.

  4. @ obama4eva. Kana vakabhanwa munogenei vakuru? These girls are right. It calls for the Zimbabweans to get things right. In any case, ndezvekubhora izvi.

  5. Uyu Mamvura ane agenda, why lie so blatantly? He overates his influence.These are soldiers how can they be “tracked down” or “on the run”? We all know how swiftly Military Police will react in cases like this. Why is this story being blown out of proportion? Lets wait for the due process without hyping on presumptions. Mamvura stop speaking on behalf of the police. Uchati chii if the court decides otherwise.

  6. nawo ma ref achinyanya vanosota vechidiki.

  7. @ chibrukwachitsvuku, Haa uri dhara chairo. Rufaro haatambisi mapenzi. Unomadzidzisa. Ndezvekubhora izvi hapana panopinda ZRP apa.

  8. kana munhu akaruma munhu akabhadhariswa fine koo iwo……….

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