Highlanders’ fans raise $500 towards ‘fine’

HIGHLANDERS supporters had by Thursday raised more than $500 in anticipation of the financial sanction the Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee will mete on the team following the abandonment of the league game against Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium last Sunday.

BY FORTUNE MBELE

Highlanders officials and marshals try in vain to control the angry home fans

Highlanders officials and marshals try in vain to control the angry home fans

Highlanders’ chief executive officer, Nhlanhla Dube confirmed that after establishing the crowd funding initiative, supporters were informed how they could deposit money into the club’s coffers.

Highlanders have been charged for flouting order 31 of the PSL rules and regulations, causing the abandonment of a match due to crowd trouble and will be appearing before the disciplinary committee on Tuesday.

“The fans have contributed just over $500. Let me hasten to say that the people that are getting in contact with the club are not only in Zimbabwe. It’s amazing; we are getting contacts from the traditional Diaspora, your UK, Australia, South Africa, the US and we are getting interesting calls from people in Rwanda that are Bosso fans. I spoke to people that are in Somalia. I spoke to people that are organising themselves in Mogadishu,” Dube said.

Due to the response by the Bosso fans, the Highlanders leadership have seen an opportunity to take advantage of the initiative to reach out to its multitude of supporters, locally and abroad.

“This is an opportunity for the club to also reach out to its fans after the initiative. Remember, this initiative is not administrative, it’s a fan initiative. Its fans, who came together and said this is what we want to do.

“It has opened up a new avenue. It has shown us that the Highlanders fans are not only passionate and excited but they are also disposed across the various ends of the continent and what it says is that the brand Highlanders actually has a footprint in every continent on earth. We can start to speak of ourselves as an international billboard for the corporate world for various marketing channels,” Dube said.

Notwithstanding the outcome of the hearing on Tuesday, funds started pouring in by the start of the week following the Sunday fiasco.

“The hearing is next week. We have been approached by fans, who have said they want to contribute to the fines that might be paid, that maybe charged or placed on the club after the hearing has been done. We do not know what the outcome is going be; certainly, we don’t want to pre-judge the process. We have circulated various options for them to contribute; we have sent out our bank and EcoCash biller code details so that it is officially authentic. At the end of all this, we are going to calculate and add up everything and post a list of all those who would have contributed,” Dube said.

11 Responses to Highlanders’ fans raise $500 towards ‘fine’

  1. Mantengwane May 20, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    Great initiative! All true Bosso supporters are given this chance to show their love for the team. Together siyanqoba!

  2. Sicario Brian May 20, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    Highlanders fans are so immature and want babourfields to be a no go area….the psl should deal with highlanders decisively

  3. Amaholi May 20, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    Bosso must be punished hard.

  4. Reader May 20, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    What’s left is for those fans to also donate the points obviously going to be lost after the hearing. Oh, they already donated those to Dynamos… ;–)

  5. s May 20, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    HIGHLANDERS IS DIFFERENT TEAM FROM THE REST OF THE TEAMS. THEIR THOUGHT OF THAT THEY ARE THE HATED TEAM, “BABETHI AYIBULAWE” MAKES THEM HAVE THIS “VIOLENT FIGHTING” SPIRIT. IF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMENTED ABOVE CAN APPROACH HIGHLANDERS FROM THE ANGLE OF UNDERSTANDING THE POINT ABOVE THEM THEY CAN HELP THIS TEAM FROM ITS STUBORN APPROACH. IF YOU WANT IT TO BE PUNISHED IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO BE DONE THEN YOU WONT WIN. REMEMBER THESE GUYS HAVE THEIR SLOGANS ‘IBOSSO NGENKANI’ AND INGAZE IYE KO GREENSPAN (WHICH IS DUSTY BEERGARDEN SOOCCER FIELD) SIYAYILANDELA” AS ONE SAID THE VIOLENCE WHICH I DONT SUPPORT FROM MY TEAM IS DEEP ROOTED AND NOT ANLYSING IT WELL WILL NOT HELP OR TRYING TO FIGHT IT BY FORCE WILL NOT HELP.

  6. Stan May 20, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Punish Bosso very very HARD or any team for that matter that starts violence

  7. NACIDO RICO. May 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    Its wrong for the fans to collect funds. WHY? Because, the fans are giving PSL the green light to punish Bosso. Its like accepting that, they were wrong. Dynamos did it last season but they were never punished. If PSL disciplinary committe dare punish Bosso, it would mean that, the disciplinary body favours other team and chastises others.
    DONT WORRY BOSSO, GOD IS WITH YOU. DONT FEAR.

  8. leadmore magomo May 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    bosso should be given a deterrent fine for violent conduct , for disrupting a match ,for thinking that Eupopa who scored is not Zimbabwean and therefore the goal should be disallowed and for not knowing the rules of the game.three oints to harare giants

  9. Udada Ndlovu May 21, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    It looks like Mr Dube you are very happy to want to receive that violence based cash to pay for your expected outcome. They fans will do it again next time and you are comfortable about it coz Highlanders as a club isnt paying anything but your thugs are already preparing to pay for the fine. If you accept that money, you are in cohoots with the thugs. I think you pitchmanaged this violence knowing that your financiers will come in handy. Its professionally unacceptable to accept money from your violent fans. You are happy to find opportunities to reach out to Somalia etc? My foot. You dont even care about the damage done to your home ground. You are pathetic.

    If you don’t support violence, don’t accept that blood money. Leyana imali yeigazi. Itshiye ubhudhi wami. Highlanders for life

  10. madagara kasulumane May 21, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Yhose funds should go towards raising awareness to the Bosso fans. The awareness should include crowd control, anger management, tribal hate management and pursuit of non violence on all matters.

  11. Ephupha Mandiranga May 22, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Highlanders is a very proffessional club, look at the administration , the coach and the quality of players and our fellow rivals (7million) is failing to do ; and secretly luring our coach. Highlanders will march on pamamonya ipapo. Dembare can have the 3 points but going forward they will lose more than 9 points because they focus on one club , sort out your mess and stop judging others.

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