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.
KNOWLEDGE Musona has played many memorable games for his country but his performance yesterday is likely to leave a lasting impression on the minds of many Zimbabweans after the forward grabbed a hat-trick in his first match as Warriors captain to subdue Liberia in the opening match of the 2019 African Cup of Nations soccer qualifiers at the National Sports Stadium.
The KV Oostende man, a worthy pick for the captain’s armband by Mapeza during the mid-week, led from the front after putting Zimbabwe ahead with 24 minutes on the clock and then adding two more goals to his tally after the interval.
With a bit of luck, he could have made it four with 15 minutes remaining but his curling shot from the edge of the box was denied by the crossbar.
Still, “the Smiling Assassin” walked home with the match ball as he joined an exclusive clique of Zimbabweans who have scored hat-tricks for the national team who include Peter Ndlovu and Vitalis “Digital” Takawira.
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.
ITALIAN and AC Milan midfield star Andrea Poli has become the latest in a long list of world-famous celebrities who have succumbed to the allure of the Victoria Falls.
He reportedly sampled the adrenalin-rush inducing 111-metre bungee jump from the Victoria Falls bridge on Saturday.
Poli (27), who has had stints with other Italian giants Sampdoria and Inter Milan basked in the splendour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World over the weekend.
Although most of his itinerary was kept secret, Poli capped off his stay yesterday with a helicopter ride with Shearwaters Safaris for an aerial view of the awe-inspiring falls.
However, Poli was pictured disembarking from a Shearwater helicopter yesterday afternoon. The picture has since gone viral.
CAPS United are battling a goalkeeping crisis ahead of the CAF Champions’ League Group B match against Al Ahli Tripoli at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow, with both their senior ‘keepers in the casualty room.
First-choice goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda and his deputy Jorum Muchambo yesterday did not train with the team. They are nursing ankle injuries. This leaves Prosper Chigumba as the only fit ‘keeper in the dressing room.
Yesterday, the former Gunners goalie was involved in all drills and workouts which included a shooting session with attackers towards the end of their morning session.
The team’s technical team refused to divulge information on their injury concerns, with assistant coach Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi insisting they would rather focus on fit players. But The Herald can reveal that the medical team has put in some measures to get big ‘keeper Sibanda on his feet for the game by temporarily managing his pain with relief injections.
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.
AFTER her retirement from competitive swimming last year, Kirsty Coventry is not taking a break from the sport where she enjoyed a remarkable career, winning seven Olympic medals for the country.
The most decorated Zimbabwean athlete was on Sunday elected as one of the two Zimbabwe Olympic Committee vice-presidents in an elective general assembly at Prince Edward School.
Zimbabwe Karate Union secretary-general, Steven Charandura, said Coventry’s involvement with the National Olympic Committee was good news for sport. “I think the coming in of Kirsty as the new ZOC vice-president to us is very good news. We are saying we want someone who was in the trenches. It’s indeed good news for us.
Zimbabwe Aquatic Union president, Mary Kloppers, weighed in to say the former athlete has a lot to offer to local sport considering her achievements. “We nominated her. She has a lot to offer Zimbabwe. She has brought up very good relationships with many partners. I think that will be beneficial to all sport associations.
Zimbabwe Softball Association president, Stonard Mapfumo, is confident with her background as an athlete, Coventry has a better insight on how national sport associations can prepare their athletes for the bigger stage in sport. “She understands how we have to operate as national associations . . . the time we need to prepare an Olympic athlete and win a medal.
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.
CHICKEN Inn coach Rahman Gumbo read the riot act to his players ahead of last Sunday’s away trip to Hwange, reprimanding them for complacency which is threatening their championship cause.
Gumbo was livid at his charges following a subdued midweek performance that saw the 2015 league champions being downed 0-1 by Premiership returnees Black Rhinos at Luveve Stadium.
Chicken Inn players clearly underrated Rhinos only to try and raise their game towards the halfway stage of the first half after realising that their opponents were not pushovers.
But by then, Rhinos were in control of the game resulting in Chicken Inn players being frustrated and picking up a number of unnecessary yellow cards.
Gumbo said he had to rein in his players and is happy with their response.
“I made it clear that I don’t tolerate indiscipline. Against Black Rhinos we picked up so many yellow cards as well as a red card and I can’t have that in my team. I think whatever we spoke about after our loss to Black Rhinos sunk in their minds and as professionals I expect them to deliver,” he said.
AFTER local soccer giants Caps United were crowned champions last season, some of the club’s management officials and players visited a fast-rising Mabvuku prophet thanking him for his prayers and prophecies during the season.
Grace Harvest Ministries International founder Tawanda Bondera (30) is famed for predicting that the Green Machine team was going to win the championship, something which came true.
Bondera’s prophecies have catapulted him to fame, with his ministry expanding rapidly in and outside the high density suburb. This paper established that the church that conducts its services near Kamunhu shopping centre has been hosting prominent people especially in the soccer and music fraternities who all come for prayers.
Makepekepe’s forwards Leonard Tsipa and Simba Nhivi, and assistant coach Mark Mathe are some of the team’s personnel who visited the church after being crowned champions.
NewsDay Weekender recently caught up with Bondera at the ministry’s offices in Mabvuku where he shed light on how God began using him is soccer-related prophecies.
“I haven’t been interested in soccer since childhood. As people heard, last year, it came as a coincidence, soccer players heard of how God had been using me and they came. Fortunately, I gave them some prophetic words. The whole of last year all of them were coming to church, I led them, as a prophet God gave me the messages to give them and all the messages I gave them came to pass. This is until they got the championship,” Bondera said.
Bondera said it is no secret that after Makepepe victory, a number of soccer players and other team officials visited him for prayers.
“When they came, when I gave them some prophetic messages of what was going to happen, in fact, everything that I would speak to them it was to come to pass. They consistently came to the church, every time before a match I would pray for their uniforms, I would tell them what was going to happen.
“By so doing, we started attracting many players from football clubs like Harare City and Dynamos and even up to today they are consistently coming,” he said.
The soft-spoken man of the cloth said he has powers to predict scorelines and champions. He said he is currently praying to God that He reveals to him what will happen this season as far as soccer is concerned.