FANS BANNED FROM B/F Bosso appeal sanctions, call for fans to come in numbers
‘Caps have to be champions‘
CAPS United skipper Moses Muchenje has called for a united front from the Green Machine as they try to clear one of their toughest hurdles on Sunday in their quest to win the Castle Lager Premiership title for the first time in 11 years.
Muchenje yesterday said they need to sing from the same hymn book— from the executive right up to the supporters — so that they avoid any slip-ups.
The Green Machine host Dynamos in the latest Harare Derby at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
“This is the time we need each other the most, the supporters, the executive and even the players and concentration is important at this stage so that we don’t have any slip-ups or any other disturbances,” said Muchenje.
“From the pre-season in Mozambique, it was one of the objectives to get the championship and I am happy we are now at the top and we are looking forward to winning it.
“It was difficult, we had some games which we nearly failed to fulfil but we told ourselves that we have to be champions no matter how hard it is and I am happy we are on top of the league.”
He said they need to beat DeMbare on Sunday.
“The fact that we are now in the driving seat and at the top, we don’t want to lose points and we are hoping for the best,” said Muchenje.
“Our team is a great team. We have a good squad, I think we will come good on Sunday.”
Although Caps United will be without the duo of Leonard Tsipa and Phineas Bamusi following their suspensions, they have been boosted by goalkeeper Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda’s return to training.
His last match was a Chibuku Super Cup first round match against Tsholotsho.
Vice-skipper Stephen Makatuka also back while exciting midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike, who returned to action last weekend and capped his cameo appearance with a goal at Dulivhadzimu, is relishing playing in the Derby.
Rusike missed the reverse fixture through injury.
The former Dynamos midfielder said he is itching to reclaim his place in the first team.
“I wasn’t happy to be on the sidelines but I am happy now and trying to get back into the first 11. In the last match, I played 20 minutes. It wasn’t bad, I played very well.
“Even in training, I am doing very well and no longer feeling any pain.
“It is not going to be easy, it is a derby, a big game. People are saying Dynamos are not doing very well but I don’t believe that, to us they remain Dynamos and dangerous.
“But we are not concentrating on them and we are working on ourselves and try win the game,” said Rusike.
The former Ajax Cape Town midfielder doesn’t believe there would be any added pressure on them going into the match a day after rivals FC Platinum would have played.
“We don’t have pressure and we are not looking at what our opponents are doing, if we win our games, we will win the league,” said Rusike.
Caps United have hiked the gate charges for the Derby with the cheapest ticket going for $5, while the upper grand stand will be $10 and VIP guests will have to fork out $15. HIGHLANDERS will appeal the Premier Soccer League’s decision condemning the title-chasing Bulawayo side to play in an empty stadium as punishment for crowd trouble that marred their home game against Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium in August.
The match ended 1-1, albeit in controversial circumstances sparked by a refereeing decision that torched ugly scenes of violence, with hooligans from the Soweto end of the stadium invading the pitch and engaging in running battles with the police.
In a verdict released yesterday, the PSL’s disciplinary committee ordered Highlanders to play their next game, which happens to be Sunday’s derby against Bulawayo City, in an empty stadium.
It also slapped Bosso with a $3 500, of which $1 500 was suspended for the rest of the season on condition that the club is not found guilty of a similar offence. Highlanders have to pay $2 000 as well as the costs of the hearing by November 30.
The prosecutor submitted that Highlanders contravened the PSL’s rules and regulations, and the club’s arguments were mitigatory.
The disciplinary committee condemned acts of violence and ruled as follows: “.... Highlanders is ordered to pay a fine of $ 3 500; $1 500 is suspended for the rest of the season on condition that the club is not convicted of a similar offence. The effective fine of $2 000 together with the costs of the hearing to be paid by 30 November 2016. Highlanders to further play their next PSL officially sanctioned home ground game in an empty stadium.”
Highlanders’ chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede called on the club’s supporters to come in their numbers for Sunday’s encounter, saying they are in the process of appealing against the judgment.
“We’re appealing against the decision passed and once we’ve lodged an appeal its back to the status quo. In the judgment, they state that a similar case has been done before, and I think they’re referring to the Dynamos decision which hasn’t been effected. We’re not taking a leaf from Dynamos’ appeal, but we hope our case will be resolved after theirs which is still dragging.
“Actually, as it is, we’re preparing for Sunday’s game and we expect a bumper crowd,” said Gumede.
Bosso are merely riding on the precedence set by Dynamos, who were ordered to play against Ngezi Platinum Stars in an empty stadium for acts of hooliganism in the aftermath of their home loss to FC Platinum in May. DeMbare appealed that verdict and the matter is yet to be heard by Zifa.
After the Chicken Inn game, Highlanders’ supporters invaded the pitch and attacked police officers that tried to restore order.
A number of the pitch invaders were arrested and one of them, Mpumelelo Mnkandla, was taken to court and convicted. Mnkandla, a vendor at Renkini Long Distance Bus Terminus appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Merilyn Mutshina facing public violence and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
However, six months were suspended for five years and a further 18 months were also suspended on condition that Mnkandla performs 410 hours of community service at Mahlathini Primary School in Cowdray Park.
Meanwhile, Chicken Inn were slapped with a $1 500 fine after their officials insulted and charged at referee Thomas Massa after their 0-1 loss to FC Platinum at White City Stadium in July.
The defending champions will pay a $1 000 fine after the disciplinary committee set aside $500 on condition that they don’t commit a similar offence this season.