CRISIS-HIT Dynamos have suspended their captain Murape Murape and Rodreck Mutuma pending a hearing, following a training ground incident on Tuesday.
The Premireship football club’s secretary-general Webster Chikengezha yesterday confirmed the pair’s suspension saying they had taken an appropriate measure for what they consider a breach of conduct expected of their players.
Murape and Mutuma were allegedly involved in a brawl after the team’s training session on Tuesday, which witnesses described as brutal.
Chikengezha said the two players’ behaviour fell below the standards they expected of their players and would face a disciplinary committee hearing within two weeks. The decision was taken at an executive meeting yesterday.
“We have suspended both of them and the suspension letters have been sent. It’s a disciplinary measure just like what every company or organisation would do under the circumstances. They will face a disciplinary committee within the stipulated 14 days,” Chikengezha said.
With the Premier Soccer League having already released a tight and busy fixture list where at least two games will be played inside a week, Murape and Mutuma will now be expected to miss at least five matches for their club as they serve the suspension, starting with this afternoon’s league clash against Hwange at Rufaro Stadium. The match had initially been advertised for Gwanzura Stadium.
The two allegedly had an altercation after the training session on Tuesday afternoon over allowances that had been availed to them by the club’s executive.
Sources said the two disagreed on the way the money was supposed to be shared by the players, with Murape reportedly leading a group that wanted the money to be shared among all the registered players. But because the money was reportedly too little, he wanted it returned to the executive.
On the other hand, Mutuma was reportedly leading a clique of players who wanted to keep the little money, and then boycott training thereafter in protest. The argument, a source said, became “personal” and ultimately generated into a fistfight.
Yesterday’s suspension of the duo is the latest incident in two weeks which has seen Dynamos or their players make plenty of headlines, mostly for wrong reasons.
The players boycotted training last week demanding their allowances and better working conditions – possibly resulting in the team’s one-nil loss to Black Rhinos in the Chibuku Super Cup match on Sunday.
In that match against Rhinos Mutuma would attract further media attention when he was involved in a fist-fight with opposition defender Abel Gada, earning both players red cards – an incident which could weaken his argument when he presents his case before the club’s disciplinary committee on his latest misdemeanour.
Dynamos v Hwange (Gwanzura), Highlanders v Triangle (Hartsfield Grounds)
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