Dynamos, Hwange judgment next week

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) Appeals Committee says it will early next week deliver judgment into the annulled Dynamos-Hwange match after holding a hearing into the matter yesterday.

Dynamos beat Hwange 4-2 in a Castle Lager Premiership match back in May, but the coalminers played under protest after their coaches Nation Dube and Mabelo Njekwa were assaulted by DeMbare marshals.

A PSL Disciplinary Committee then ruled that the Dynamos marshals erred and ordered a replay at a neutral venue.

The defending Zimbabwe champions were also ordered to pay all the costs for the coalminers’ travelling and accommodation expenses for the replay.

In addition, Dynamos were fined $2 000 for failing to control their marshals while $1 000 was suspended on the condition that they do not repeat a similar offence for the remainder of the season.

The DeMbare marshals, Abraham Kwenda, James Dzamu and Simbarashe Zviita, were also banned for life from attending football matches under the jurisdiction of the PSL and Zifa.

Dynamos, who are second on the log just three points behind Highlanders, appealed against the ruling to the Zifa Appeals Committee, chaired by Tererai Gunje.

Zifa Appeals Committee secretary Timothy Sangarwe said: “For the record, we were in a hearing and we just finished now and we will retire to our chambers to consider the submissions by both parties. After which we will then deliver our ruling.

“We should be done during the beginning of the next coming week considering that today is a Thursday (yesterday) and tomorrow is a Friday. We don’t normally sit on Saturdays, so it means we only have one working day to do that.

“We need to produce a written judgment and this is not something that can be done overnight.”

The hearing was initially scheduled for last Friday, but was deferred to yesterday to allow Hwange to make their written submissions.

At yesterday’s hearing, which finished at around 6:30pm, both clubs were represented by their club officials while Kwenda, Dzamu and Zviita also gave their evidence.

With only three points separating them from Bosso, Dynamos are desperate to have the result reinstated.

DeMbare will move level on 43 points with the Bulawayo giants, but will remain in second place on goal difference.

 Hwange have had an indifferent 2012 season and currently sit in eighth place on the log with 26 points from 18 matches.

If they are granted the replay and win, they will move level on 29 points with FC Platinum, who are in seventh position.

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