DeMbare strikers lodge appeals

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DYNAMOS will have both Takesure Chinyama and Roderick Mutuma available for the Easycall Cup semi-final against Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday after their club yesterday appealed against the duo’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) ban.

BY HENRY MHARA

Chinyama and Mutuma were earlier this week slapped with a four-match ban each for violent conduct after their team’s 2-1 loss to Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup final on October 31.

They were set to miss the Sunday match and probably the final next week in the event that their team progresses through.

However, they were given the greenlight to play against Bosso after the Dynamos leadership yesterday lodged appeals with PSL.

Dynamos had initially threatened to withdraw from the tournament, in protest at what they perceived as selective application of the law.

Rodreck Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama celebrate a goal 2

Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha said they had met with PSL chairman Twine Phiri and aired their grievances.

“We met with the PSL chairman. We had a two-hour meeting in which we laid down our grievances. He is attending to the issue. In the meantime, we have also lodged an appeal with the Premier Soccer League. We are now going to Bulawayo for the Easycall Cup semi-final against Highlanders pending the determination of the appeals,” Chikengezha said.

The players were found guilty by the PSL disciplinary committee of charging at referee Philani Ncube in a violent manner after their loss to Harare City.

Mutuma was said to be the more vocal and in the process, abused the referee, making references to the reasons why Zimbabwean match officials were fired from Cosafa.

In addition to the ban, the disciplinary committee ruled that the pair should pay a $1 000 fine each.

Chinyama and Mutuma trained with the rest of the squad at the National Sports Stadium yesterday and are expected to lead the attack when the team locks horns with their old foe.

Mutuma would be making a return to the squad after missing his team’s last few matches of the season through injury.

However, the team will still be missing a number of key players through injuries.

Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya, speaking to the media after the training session, said he would be travelling to Bulawayo without Sydney Linyama, Kelvin Bulaji, Stephen Alimenda, Obey Mwerahari and long-term casualty Artwell Mukandi.

But the absentees are not his biggest worry though.

“There is a record of violence each time we play against Highlanders at Barbourfields and we are afraid it will happen again,” Ndiraya said.

“And because of the violence, sometimes the match officials will not be fair particularly on us because of fear of violence. We are just hoping that those things will not happen and that we get a very level playing field and good officiating. We have suffered in the past few seasons from bad officiating and games of this magnitude would really need referees who are sober-minded and fair to both teams,” Ndiraya said.

He added: “There are a lot of factors there that determine the result. We are expecting a spirited performance from Highlanders, but equally so, they should expect the same from our side. We are coming on the back of a good run in both league and cup games, but that will count for very little.”

Dynamos have dominated Highlanders in both league and cup matches in recent years, especially at Barbourfields, and Ndiraya believes that will have a huge bearing on the two teams’ performances come Sunday.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Its a pity that Dembare think being a big club they can bully PSL and PSL is willingly allowed to be bullied,what a sham.The Players are on record abusing the referee.What are the standing rules for such behavior??.these these disrespectful players should be banned the law is not allowed selectively as they say.

    • What is at the centre of discussion Liberty is the fairness of the PSL. Is it true that Highlanders players are also guilty of the same conduct but not charged? I f so what is good for the goose must be better for the gander. The problem in Zimbabwe is that there are laws for certain groups in our society and not for the other.
      The attitude of saying DeMbare because of their popularity blah blah is the one that causes unfairness. Dynamos are the same as Dongo or Buffaloes. But more important is the fact that most PSL executives are from teams that have big bones to chew with DeMbare on the field but are being chewed themselves so they would like to weaken Dynamos physically and financially.

  2. Let these two brutes be taught a lesson. Impose that ban on them for the good of the game. Kenny Mubaiwa has a myopic and infentile view of the game in Zimbabwe. I love Dembare but the sevens millions should not have brutes amongst their midst. Do not bully PSL. Play by the rules no matter how big we are. Its sheer madness to even think of pulling out of PSL to form own league. Who does Kenny think will join Dembare on that idiotic venture? Hope Bosso will beat them so the rot is focused on Mubaiwa and his executive. We want progresive leadership at the club and mafiasso.

  3. The PSL disciplinary committe is a toothless bull dog. Just becoz the club is the oldest locally does not make it immune to prosecution. They are going to repeat it at Babourfields. Even if they kill the referee, they will walk away scot free becoz they play for dynamos. SHAME. Bosso players should do the same(ie, beating the ref pretty hard) and we would like to see whether the toothless bulldog(PSL) would exonerate them.

  4. I think the law should be applied fairly to everyone regardless of which club has committed an offence. If anyone breaks the law he must meet the consequences not kuti some are let free and others are being charged

  5. It’s a matter of fact,if you play around with the people’s team,you are playing with fire.At The End We Will See Who Gets Burned.

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