CAPS United supporter Tawedzerwa Moyo, who was seriously injured after being allegedly beaten up by Highlanders supporters after the two football teams’ Bob91 Super Cup match at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday was expected to undergo a scan yesterday to determine the severity of the injury.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Moyo was admitted at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo where he has been recovering from the brutal attack.
Caps United Supporters’ Association national chairman Blessed Gumbo, however, said Moyo was in a stable condition.
“He was stable when I last saw him yesterday (Tuesday) and we were made to believe that he was going to be discharged today (yesterday), but information that I have gathered is that he has to undergo a scan. We hope he will be discharged tomorrow (today),” Gumbo said.
Caps United’s Bulawayo Chapters chairperson Danmore Zingwe said Moyo had been complaining of head and chest pains.
Moyo was left for dead by suspected Highlanders supporters who could not stomach their team’s 1-2 loss to Caps United in the Bob 91 Super Cup play-off tie at BF on Sunday.
Images of Moyo’s “lifeless” body outside Barbourfields soon after the match went viral on social media, igniting memories of slain Highlanders supporter Thembinkosi Hloli, who met his fate when Bosso and Dynamos fans clashed after a league match at the same venue last year.
Zifa has since issued a statement condemning the violence that rocked Barbourfields.
Some critics have, however, said the football authorities are not doing enough to stop the violence, especially at BF.
Following the Sunday victory, Caps United will now meet the defending champions Dynamos in the final this weekend.
Meanwhile, Caps United head coach Mark Harrison yesterday said he would be making a decision on whether or not to sign former Highlanders player Joel “Josta” Ngodzo next week.
The skilful midfielder has been training with the Green Machine for the past few weeks after the expiry of his contract with Bosso at the end of the year.
Highlanders’ new coach Bongani Mafu passed on the chance to sign the 25-year-old, citing fitness problems.
Hillary Madzivanyika, who was with Highlanders last season, is also training with Caps United with the hope of impressing the British coach.
“I am still looking at both players and we are working on Joel (Ngodzo)’s fitness levels. I will be making a decision next week,” Harrison said.
“As for Hillary (Madzivanyika), we have only had him for two days and it’s still early days.”
With Harrison taking his time to make a decision, there is a big risk that the two could run out of time to be registered with any other club in the event Caps United decide otherwise.
The Zifa transfer window shuts down on March 25, leaving Ngodzo and Madzivanyika with very little time to find another club in the event Harrison decides not to take them on board.
Ngodzo left Highlanders in 2011 to join FC Platinum together with his elder brother Zephaniah, Gilbert Banda, Brighton Dube and Louis Matawu, but never fulfilled the huge potential that he had shown that far.
In 2013, he retraced his footsteps back to Highlanders, but again failed to replicate the form that made him a hero at Bosso in the pre-2011 era.
Ngodzo’s career hit rock bottom last season as he failed to command a regular place in the Highlanders team and was caught offside outside the pitch of play in a number of incidents including one that saw him being arrested by the police for driving without a driver’s licence.