Sibanda warns hooli­gan play­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Takudzwa Chit­siga Harare Bu­reau

ZIFA vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda has vowed to deal ruth­lessly with the way­ward play­ers who at­tacked match of­fi­cials in the South­ern and North­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One matches at the week­end.

Ama­ga­gasi player Lethukuthula Mathe was caught on cam­era as­sault­ing a ref­eree in Vic­to­ria Falls.

Mathe has since been banned from the game for at­tack­ing ref­eree Bekezela Makeka.

“It is very sad that in just one week­end, we had in­ci­dents of vi­o­lent at­tacks on match of­fi­cials in Vic­to­ria Falls, Hwange, and Harare. We can­not af­ford to let this dent the im­age of the game and we don’t want to lose lives be­cause of some hooli­gans.

‘‘Play­ers should de­sist from tak­ing the law into their hands, if a player wants to be a ref­eree he should at­tend the nec­es­sary cour­ses and if one wants to be a fighter he is free to join the likes of Charles Manyuchi in the box­ing ring and not at foot­ball matches.

“The Zifa struc­tures will de­scend heav­ily on the per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence and I also hope the ref­er­ees have made po­lice re­ports on the cases,’’ Sibanda said.

The South­ern Re­gion will this week stage only two matches amid rev­e­la­tions that many of the teams have not yet paid af­fil­i­a­tion fees 24 weeks into the sea­son.

The clubs have also not paid the match day fees for this week­end.

This has forced the re­gion to put on hold all games ex­cept those for Cas­myn against Talen Vi­sion and for­mer Premier­ship side Bantu Rovers who will take on Indlovu Iyany­athela.

Mean­while, Yadah FC are back on top of the Zifa Eastern Re­gion Divi­sion log af­ter they were awarded three points from their aban­doned match against Te­nax at Sakubva.

The match was aban­doned af­ter the ref­eree"s de­ci­sion to award Yadah a penalty pro­voked chaos.

Omega Sibanda

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