BULAWAYO, Thursday, August 1, 1991 — Highlanders manager Lawrence Phiri has dismissed as implausible Zifa explanations for the weekend’s fixture mix-up. Phiri hit out at the governing body on Monday for allowing his depleted team to go ahead with its Zifa Cup first round match postponing Dynamos’ fixture against Zimasco.
Both Highlanders and Dynamos had players away on under-23 international duty and Phiri, eager that his top scorer Adam Ndlovu should not fall behind Dynamos striker Claudius Zviripayi in the race to become the league’s top scorer, claims he only agreed to go ahead with the fixture against Zimbank on the understanding that the depleted Dynamos would also be in action last Sunday.
Red-faced Zifa officials claimed on Monday that they were forced to postpone Dynamos’ cup tie against Zimasco because there was no venue available in Harare. But Phiri said yesterday: “I think this explanation is extremely implausible and has not changed my position at all.’’ Phiri has called for a re-match against Zimbank.
He said: “We have not been treated fairly and the only way for justice to be seen to be done is for Zifa to consent to the replay.’’
Zifa appeared to change its story yesterday when administrative officer Rita Musekiwa said the Dynamos game had been postponed due to international commitments and Highlanders must have been confident of victory despite a weakened team.