Former Highlanders Football Club player Misheck Mburayi is part of a syndicate of bogus cops that have been mounting illegal roadblocks using spikes to collect cash from unsuspecting motorists in the city, the court heard yesterday.
Mburayi (27) appeared in court jointly charged with former cop, Munesushe Mazarire (27). They are facing charges of attempted robbery and impersonating a police officer.
Upon their arrest, Mazarire was found in possession of police uniforms, batons, handcuffs and police fine receipt books. According to the State, Mazarire has a similar case which is pending before the courts.
It is alleged that upon their arrest, the pair told the police that they committed the offences in connivance with other former police officers identified as Munyaradzi Tivaringe, Carrington Marasha and Farai Mupundumani who were discharged from the force for indiscipline and dishonesty.
HIGHLANDERS have been slapped with a $4 000 fine after being found guilty of causing the abandonment of a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against archrivals Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium on May 14.
The PSL disciplinary tribunal also awarded Dynamos the match on a 3-0 score line and ordered Bosso to pay the $4 000 as well as costs of the hearing by July 31, 2017.
Highlanders were found guilty of offences which include pitch invasion, missile throwing and violent conduct by their fans during the epic encounter.
FLAMBOYANT Harare businessman and socialite Wicknell Chivayo has described Dynamos’ 40th minute equalising “goal” against Highlanders in the Battle of Zimbabwe last Sunday as “fake” and also took a swipe at assistant referee Thomas Kusosa who he said was “drunk” on the day of the match.
The businessman – a die-hard Highlanders supporter - was one of the more than 18 000 fans that thronged Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
He told Chronicle Sport that it hurt him that he drove all the way from the capital to watch the blockbuster encounter “only for the linesman to decide to cheat us with an offside goal”.
The goal resulted in fans pelting Kusosa as they argued that Cameroonian Christian Epoupa was in an offside position before his leveller. The game was subsequently stopped for close to an hour until referee, Munyaradzi Majoni, called off the match.
Confessing his love for the Bulawayo giants, Chivayo said he, together with others, spent the morning of the game at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo statue in the City Centre where they “assured” Umdala Wethu that Bosso would win the match against all odds.
HIGHLANDERS have challenged the Premier Soccer League’s statute of only punishing the home team every time there is crowd trouble arguing that all stakeholders involved in the game must bear the burden of bringing and maintaining sanity during football matches.
The Bulawayo giants believe punishing the home side alone will not help solve the problem of crowd disturbances as long as other partners are not involved since they all benefit from the presence of supporters at the stadium.
Addressing the media during the club’s weekly press conference yesterday, Highlanders’ chief executive officer Nhlanhla Bahlangene Dube said clubs are only a vehicle for bringing the fans to the stadium which then benefits other stakeholders.
He said the club acknowledges that there were missiles thrown onto the pitch, that there was pitch invasion during their blockbuster encounter against Dynamos on Sunday in which more than 20 000 spectators came into the stadium, but what was important was the issue of stakeholder participation after the disturbances as the fans protested a Dynamos equaliser.
The Zimbabwe football family plunged into yet another brutal soul-searching exercise yesterday, amid a scramble for the football rule book after the Castle Lager Premiership showdown between Highlanders and Dynamos was abandoned at Barbourfields amid depressingly familiar chaotic scenes.
An explosive game before a sellout crowd ended prematurely in the 42nd minute when the match officials called it off after some Bosso fans, angered by DeMbare’s disputed equaliser, staged a rebellion and refused to let the assistant referee — whom they blamed for not spotting an offside leading to the goal — take his place on the line.
Not even spirited calls by the Bosso leadership, players and even coach Elroy Akbay for the rebellious fans to let the game proceed could cool down the tempers and, after a prolonged break in which the assistant referee was also hit by a flying object, the match was called off.
It’s the second time, in the past seven years, that a league match between the country’s two biggest football clubs has been abandoned at Barbourfields. When the two giants met in a league match at the same venue in 2010, the game was also called off with Dynamos leading 2-1 before the Glamour Boys were handed the match on a 3-0 scoreline in the boardroom
Highlanders 1-1 Dynamos
(match abandoned after 40 minutes)
FORTY minutes of the explosive Castle Lager Premiership flagship clash between traditional rivals Highlanders and Dynamos were played at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo before the game was abandoned due to crowd trouble yesterday.
An equaliser by Dynamos’ Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa in the 40th minute sparked the trouble, as Highlanders’ fans threw missiles at second assistant referee Thomas Kusosa protesting the goal.
Epoupa scored from a clear offside position, but Kusosa did not flag him and instead signalled a goal.
With missiles raining on Kusosa, the Gweru-based assistant referee ran to the centre of the field as Bosso players and officials tried to calm down fans.
Twice the fans chased Kusosa away from the touchline and after lengthy deliberations, match commissioner Edson Nkau and the referees called off the match.
“The game has been called off due to crowd trouble,” was all Nkau was prepared to say.
The result of the blockbuster will now be determined in the boardroom and Highlanders are likely to be sanctioned for their fans’ behaviour.
AN ill-advised substitution and a well-timed one turned yesterday’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match in Highlanders’ favour against Ngezi Platinum and propelled them to the top of the league table.
After bravely holding their own against Bosso for more than an hour, Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderayi Ndiraya made a double substitution in the 65th minute; taking out Qadr Amin and Dominic Mukandi for Tichaona Mabvura and Donald Teguru. He then abandoned his compact 3-5-2 formation in favour of a 4-3-3 system, but his world collapsed on him as the two players failed to cope with the formation.
Bosso coach Erol Akbay pulled out his best player on view Allen Gahadzikwa and threw in veteran Ralph Matema three minutes later and the whole puzzle fell into place as they started dictating the pace and it was only a matter of time before the goal came.
Tsholotsho FC 1-2 Highlanders
NICKNAMED “The Prince” and playing alongside the real Prince, it took Rodrick Mutuma 322 minutes of Castle Lager Premiership football to open his scoring account for Highlanders and propel the Bulawayo giants to a 2-1 win over Tsholotsho at Dulivhadzimu Stadium yesterday.
The lanky former Dynamos forward has been the focal point at Bosso with telling performances, but goals continued to elude him until the 52nd minute of yesterday’s encounter when he rifled home from an acute angle to give Highlanders a 2-0 lead over Tsholotsho, who had not lost a league match going into yesterday’s tie.
It took exactly 229 minutes of play for a goal to be scored at Dulivhadzimu Stadium since Tsholotsho moved base from Bulawayo to the border town of Beitbridge.
Prince Dube gave Bosso the lead in the 49th minute and Mutuma doubled their lead three minutes later before Lucky Nyathi reduced arrears in the 65th minute.
Prior to yesterday’s match, Tsholotsho had played two goalless draws against Hwange and Yadah FC.
Highlanders 3 – 2 ZPC Kariba
TWO quick-fire second half goals by Allen Gahadzikwa and Prince Dube turned the game around to give Highlanders maximum points and only their second victory over ZPC Kariba from seven meetings in the Castle Lager Premiership.
ZPC Kariba were promoted to the Premiership in 2014 and have been Bosso’s bogey side, winning four out of their seven meetings, losing twice and drawing once.
HIGHLANDERS are set to unveil Nhlanhla Dube as the club’s chief executive officer next week.
Bosso decided to abandon the interviewing process and headhunt their former secretary-general Dube despite Nkululeko Ndlovu, a Bosso member, business and development consultant and a member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Management and Bosso great Lawrence “Lofty” Phiri submitting their CVs.
The CEO post fell vacant following the expiry of Ndumiso Gumede’s contract in December 2016. Secretary-general Emmett Ndlovu has been holding fort in a caretaker capacity since November 2016 when Zifa initially banned Gumede from all football activities before lifting the sanction in February.
Highlanders members passed a resolution at the club’s annual general meeting in January that a CEO be appointed by the end of March.
Dynamos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 1
Highlanders . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
(Dynamos won 3-2 after a penalty shootout)
DYNAMOS coach Lloyd Mutasa was left a relieved man after his side conceded a penalty deep in the referee’s optional time against Highlanders, but went on to win the shootout to clinch the Independence Trophy at a packed National Sports Stadium yesterday.
GIANTS Dynamos edged bitter rivals CAPS United in Independence Cup semi-final soccer tie at the National Sports Stadium to set up a dream date against Highlanders.
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