Ntabazin­duna face heavy fine

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE Prisons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Zifa South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League side Ntabazin­duna are likely to face a heavy fine af­ter their play­ers and of­fi­cials as­saulted ref­eree Saidi Phiri last Satur­day.

Ntabazin­duna play­ers and of­fi­cials went berserk, shov­ing and push­ing Phiri af­ter their 1-2 loss to Talen Vi­sion at White City Sta­dium.

Ntabazin­duna were not happy with Saidi Phiri’s de­ci­sion to show red cards to goal­keeper Ge­orge Zuze and in­field player Dick­son Phiri.

The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on video by free­lance jour­nal­ist Than­dazani Zimbwa and it has since gone vi­ral.

In the video, Saidi Phiri is seen duck­ing some jabs dur­ing the scuf­fle be­fore be­ing res­cued by the po­lice.

The in­ci­dent comes a month af­ter Zifa slapped Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers’ de­fender Lethukuthula Mathe with a 10-year foot­ball ban for as­sault­ing a ref­eree in a Di­vi­sion One League match in Septem­ber.

Mathe as­saulted ref­eree Bekezela Makeka dur­ing his team’s 0-1 loss to Ama­ga­gasi in Vic­to­ria Falls. He will, how­ever, serve half the sen­tence af­ter the com­mit­tee sus­pended five years on con­di­tion he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence should he re­turn to ac­tion af­ter serv­ing his pun­ish­ment.

Mathe went berserk and punched Makeka sev­eral times for show­ing him a red card for a crude tackle on an Ama­ga­gasi player. The at­tack was also cap­tured on a video which trended on so­cial me­dia plat­forms, with some con­ti­nen­tal tele­vi­sion sta­tions even broad­cast­ing the clip.

Tech­no­sphere striker Artwell Ny­oni was also slapped with a 12-month sus­pen­sion and or­dered to pay a $100 fine be­fore the end of De­cem­ber af­ter be­ing found guilty of vi­o­lently charg­ing at ref­eree Mhaka Ma­gare dur­ing a match against Ama­ga­gasi last month.

Tech­no­sphere team man­ager Mthen­jwa Moyo was hit with a 10-match ban and fined $200.

Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man Musa Man­daza said they were wor­ried about these de­spi­ca­ble in­ci­dents creep­ing into the league.

“It seems peo­ple are not tak­ing heed of the hefty penal­ties handed to peo­ple mak­ing life mis­er­able for ref­er­ees. We will cer­tainly take Ntabazin­duna to task over that de­spi­ca­ble con­duct at White City on Satur­day.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with Ntabazin­duna’s con­duct be­cause these should be peo­ple of high in­tegrity whom we ex­pect to show ex­em­plary be­hav­iour. Vi­o­lence has no room in our foot­ball. The dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee will act once all rel­e­vant doc­u­ments are re­ceived,” said Man­daza.

With the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League sea­son end­ing this week­end, Man­daza said Ntabazin­duna’s mat­ter would be dealt with “ur­gently”.

Ntabazin­duna are third from the bot­tom of the ta­ble and face log lead­ers Bulawayo Chiefs in their last game of the sea­son at home. — @ZililoR.

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