Draws galore in drama-filled Central Region

HARARE - There was drama in the Central Region Division One league over the weekend when the match between title chasing FC Strikers and FC Platinum Under-19s was delayed by 30 minutes after eight FC Strikers players were arrested for off-field violent conduct days before the match.

The players were arrested before the match for allegedly assaulting supporters of log leaders Tripple B midweek.

There is bad blood between log leaders Tripple B and second placed FC Strikers, who both hail from Beitbridge.

FC Strikers president Ephat Shoko blamed the arrests for the frustrating draw with the Platinum reserves side.

“Our players were arrested and detained just before the match for allegedly assaulting a Tripple B supporter at a pub during the week. So the police came and arrested eight of our first team players and detained them for some time that is why the kick off was delayed.

“The arrest really affected our players since they were no longer in the right state of mind to play football. We went on with the game because we didn’t want to bring football into disrepute,” said Shoko.

Town United were the only team to get maximum points after they beat struggling former Premiership side Tongogara 3-1 at Dulibadzimu Stadium on Sunday.

The other five encounters ended in stalemate with log leaders Tripple needing a last minute penalty to force a draw against rejuvenated Midlands State University at Dulibadzimu on Saturday.  

Despite the draw, Tripple B maintained an eight-point lead over rivals FC Strikers.

NewZimsteel failed to utilise home advantage when they were held to a goalless draw by Jessie Mine while Hwahwa managed to hold Blanket Mine one all at home. Vumbachikwe put up a spirited second half performance to force a 1-1 draw against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium on Saturday.

The game between Chrome Stars and Airstars was postponed to allow Airstars to recover from the horrific accident in which their assistant coach Latson Rusike passed away and a number of players injured.

Silo United had a bye since the region now has 15 teams following the collapse of Zialanda.

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