Mathe banned from play­ing af­ter as­sault­ing ref­eree

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

VIC­TO­RIA Falls Tigers de­fender Lethukuthula Mathe faces a lengthy ban for as­sault­ing ref­eree Bekezela Makeka dur­ing his team’s 0-1 loss to Ama­ga­gasi in a South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League match on Sun­day.

Mathe went berserk and punched Makeka sev­eral times for show­ing him red card for a crude tackle on an Ama­ga­gasi player.

The at­tack was cap­tured on video and is trend­ing on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Mathe is the sec­ond player in the First Di­vi­sion to as­sault a ref­eree within a week af­ter Artwell Ny­oni of Tech­no­sphere re­port­edly at­tacked ref­eree Mhaka Ma­gare dur­ing his team’s 0-1 loss to Ama­ga­gasi last week.

Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man Musa Man­daza, who watched the Vic­to­ria Falls derby and wit­nessed the de­spi­ca­ble in­ci­dent, said he was wor­ried about the level of indis­ci­pline creep­ing into the league.

He said “stern mea­sures” would be taken against Mathe and Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers of­fi­cials that in­cited the vi­o­lence. Ny­oni will also face Zifa South­ern Re­gion’s wrath. “We can’t tol­er­ate un­couth be­hav­iour in our league and what I wit­nessed in the Vic­to­ria Falls derby be­tween Ama­ga­gasi and Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers is un­called for. We are go­ing to take stern mea­sures against the play­ers in­volved, as well as of­fi­cials that I saw in­cit­ing.

“We’re wait­ing for the ref­eree and match com­mis­sioner’s re­ports so that we act ac­cord­ingly and deal with th­ese bad el­e­ments of the game which tar­nish the im­age of foot­ball,” Man­daza said.

Mathe and Ny­oni are likely to join the foot­ballers’ “bad boys” list that has, among oth­ers, for­mer Masvingo United goal­keeper Mu­zondiwa Gonese and the ex-Hwange duo of Ozias Sibanda and Alick Ny­oni, who were banned for life for as­sault­ing ref­er­ees.Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers’ man­ager Joe Manyange seemed to con­done his player’s ac­tions.

“He never beat up the ref­eree. They fought. I won’t com­ment on that is­sue, go to Ama­ga­gasi and get a com­ment from them,” said Manyange. Mean­while, Ama­ga­gasi’s vic­tory pushed them to po­si­tion three from four with 41 points from 20 games.

They trail lead­ers Bantu Rovers, who re­cov­ered from a 2-3 loss to Talen vi­sion in a mid-week en­counter to clob­ber Hwange Ju­niors 5-0 at the Col­liery Sta­dium at the week­end, by six points. Rovers are on 47 points from 21 matches.

Sec­ond-placed Bu­l­awayo Chiefs en­sured they stay on Rovers’ back by post­ing a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cas­myn while third-placed ZPC Hwange slipped to fourth fol­low­ing a 0-3 drub­bing by Bosso 90. — @ZililoR. A BOARD­ROOM coup is loom­ing at trou­bled Dy­namos FC as con­cerned for­mer play­ers and some found­ing mem­bers are set to meet the club’s sup­port­ers on Oc­to­ber 8 where a plan will be rolled out.

The dis­grun­tled group ar­gues that Dy­namos must re­turn to its right­ful own­ers as en­shrined in the club’s con­sti­tu­tion which stip­u­lates that the hold­ing com­pany runs the foot­ball arm that has a board of di­rec­tors made up of founder mem­bers and for­mer play­ers.

“We want to take our club back; we want to re­sus­ci­tate the glory of this great in­sti­tu­tion be­cause as it is th­ese guys run­ning it are an em­bar­rass­ment to Dy­namos.

“The brand and cul­ture of Dy­namos are no longer func­tional, the brand has lost its value,” said a for­mer

Dy­namos chair­man Kenny Mubaiwa

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