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.
THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) will soon introduce point of sale (POS) machines and other cashless payment methods as part of a raft of measures being adopted to counter falling match attendances.
As the cash crisis continues to bite and with some financial institutions giving clients as little as $50 in cash withdrawals, the PSL has felt the bite, with going to stadiums going down the priorities ladder.
According to statistics released by the PSL in Week 4 of the 2017 season, only 13 758 fans paid to watch the nine league games across the country on match day. About half of that figure (5 029) was at Barbourfields Stadium watching Highlanders clashing with ZPC Kariba.
The second highest figure was at the National Sports Stadium where 2 847 fans watched Caps United and Tsholotsho, while 2 180 paid their way into the Colliery Stadium for the Hwange and Dynamos encounter. The Black Rhinos and Bantu Rovers’ encounter at the National Sports Stadium only attracted 43 paying fans.
“We are working on POS machines and other cashless methods of payments, which we hope to introduce during the course of the season. Some of the factors behind the dwindling figures are purely beyond our control as the league,” said PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.
CHAMPIONS CAPS United will play their match at the National Sports Stadium today, after ZIFA intervened in the impasse which had seen the giant facility being temporarily closed.
Dynamos will also play at the giant stadium tomorrow in their Castle Lager Premiership tie against Yadah Stars. The giant stadium, which hosts five Harare teams, has been booked by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy Ministries for the gathering on May 7.
CAPS United will have the privilege to use the venue for their match against Chapungu this afternoon, which was the only success the football leadership could get on a day of boardroom battles, but the league has been forced to move two other matches that had been lined up at the venue this weekend.
The league had also hoped to take advantage of Monday’s Workers’ Day holiday to slot in a double header at the National Sports Stadium, but the plans have changed. Harare City will now host ZPC Kariba at Morris Depot on Monday while impressive army side Black Rhinos date FC Platinum at the same venue on Tuesday.
ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda sought assistance form the Ministry of Sport and Recreation to engage the Ministry of Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing who are the custodians of the ground.
HOW Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu said he was shocked by Dynamos’ pathetic performance yesterday after the lifeless Glamour Boys turned on a horror show to slump to another home defeat in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at the National Sports Stadium.
Lloyd Mutasa’s men succumbed to a late first half header by Toto Banda following a defensive gaffe involving goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga and Lincolin Zvasiya.
It was Dynamos’ second straight home defeat in the Premiership campaign after they also fell 0-1 to FC Platinum on the opening day of the season.
Kaindu said he was surprised by DeMbare’s poor show.
THE unavailability of the National Sports Stadium has forced the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League to cancel live broadcast of this weekend’s matches in Harare.
The league’s official broadcaster SuperSport were scheduled to beam live tomorrow’s Caps United and Chapungu clash, Sunday’s epic game pitting league debutants Yadah FC and Dynamos as well as the Harare City and ZPC Kariba clash on Monday.
Kennedy Ndebele, the PSL chief executive officer, said after receiving communication from National Sports Stadium owners, the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, they had to stop SuperSport who were already at the Chirundu Border Post on Wednesday.
“Please be advised that we can only accommodate the two matches on 26/4/17 and 27/4/17. The other matches (this weekend’s and next week’s) cannot be accommodated because we are having two major events next week, hence there is need of setting up the venue,” wrote a J Nyikayapera from the ministry.
The major events National Sports Stadium owners are alluding to are Pastor Chris of Christ Embassy’s crusade, which will be held next week as well as the Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa (Cossasa) Athletics Championships.
CHAPUNGU put up perhaps their best display so far but still failed to beat new boys Yadah, as both sides settled for a draw in a Castle Lager Premiership encounter at Ascot Stadium yesterday.
Chapungu became the first side to score against Yadah, surging ahead in the 49th minute through Allan Tavarwisa. Yadah levelled matters in the 77th minute through a Leeroy Mavhunga penalty.
Triangle 0 – 1 Chicken Inn
SUBSTITUTE Darryl Nyandoro scored a late winner to give former champions Chicken Inn a crucial away win in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Gibbo yesterday.
The win compounded woes for new Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro who is yet to collect maximum points in his opening first four matches. He has managed two points out of possible 12.
Mangwiro was, however, still optimistic ahead of their midweek game against FC Platinum.
“Chicken Inn were coming at us from the onset, we struggled to keep pace with them, they never allowed us to play our usual game unlike the other games when we played well and failed to collect maximum points.
Caps United 1 – 1 Tsholotsho
CAPS UNITED coach Lloyd Chitembwe’s decision to rest some of his senior players back-fired terribly when the champions had to scramble for a point in this Castle Lager Premiership tie against Tsholotsho yesterday at the National Sports Stadium.
The Green Machine had to come from behind to salvage a point after the visitors, who were reduced to 10-man, had found the lead in the first half through Nkosana Siwela in the 36th minute.
Caps United then levelled the terms in the 64th minute when defender Ronald Pfumbidzai headed home a delivery from Dennis Dauda for his second goal in as many matches.
But the champions’ decision to leave out Ronald Chitiyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi and captain Moses Muchenje from the starting line-up could have contributed to their challenges.
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