The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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