Tshinga Dube fumes Don’t fan imag­i­nary trib­al­ism

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

I HAVE al­ways been a foot­ball fa­natic.

The sup­port­ers of soc­cer teams are the same the world over.

That is why even in very old and de­vel­oped coun­tries, we some­times ex­pe­ri­ence the bit­ter fra­cas be­tween ri­val sup­port­ers.

We can name some in­ci­dents in var­i­ous coun­tries where af­ter matches vi­o­lence has claimed lives.

We are more ma­ture in Zim­babwe in that we have not gone to that ex­tent. How­ever, we still have mad men. In mod­ern soc­cer there is no con­sid­er­a­tion of a player from the point of view of his na­tion­al­ity, race, tribe or re­li­gion.

Soc­cer teams are now multi-racial, multi-na­tional and choose their play­ers or even buy their play­ers only in con­sid­er­a­tion of their per­for­mance.

For in­stance, High­landers Foot­ball Club has al­ways had play­ers from ev­ery prov­ince of Zim­babwe, from ev­ery tribe, among oathers.

It is a pity that one fool­ish man does not re­alise that as it is now, we some­times have more than half play­ers in the team who may not even come from Mata­bele­land.

Dy­namos may not nec­es­sar­ily have play­ers from Mashona­land. There are many black play­ers in English teams, mostly from Africa. But a man with a small mind does not read all this. We hope our gal­lant play­ers from High­landers who are from other prov­inces will treat the com­ment on the plac­ard from the Sports Col­umn of the Her­ald of Septem­ber 13 with the con­tempt it de­serves.

I do not spare my con­dem­na­tion to the re­porter who has made an is­sue of this un­rea­son­able com­ment.

Is Erol Ak­bay from Mata­bele­land? Which Shonas is the au­thor of this derog­a­tive com­ment re­fer­ring to?

Does he not un­der­stand that the team that beat Dy­namos was made up of Shona and Nde­bele play­ers?

Let our re­porters write on sports and not go around fish­ing for de­struc­tive and shame­ful com­ments to arouse un­nec­es­sary ten­sion.There is no room for re­gion­al­ism, trib­al­ism or racism in soc­cer. It is a beau­ti­ful game. Please do not spoil it. Hon. Col (Rtd) T.J. Dube, MP

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