Busting a conspiracy theory

HARARE - A journalist must always respect the principle of objectivity and impartiality, but I am not going to sit here and pretend that I don’t support any local football team, simply for the reason that I did not find myself in the newsroom at birth.

Us journos are also human; as kids we also experienced those tears of pain as fiercely loyal young fans, suffered the heartbreak of defeat and shared in the joy of winning.

And oh boy, I have received a fair amount of tongue-lashing from friends and colleagues over my choice of team over the years, and I dare say I have tried to give back as much as I got.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the exchanges, done with plenty of good-natured banter, without which football could not be the emotionally engaging topic we all love and enjoy.

What has motivated this choice of this topic this week is that it’s that time of the year again when journalists’ allegiance is called into question – during the home stretch of the PSL season.

Three of the country’s biggest teams, Dynamos, CAPS United and Highlanders are all in with a good shout for the Zimbabwean league title. These three particularly split the country and put newsmen’s objectivity into question. 

Perceived bias is normally met with a barrage of abuse, some of it personal and itself not in accord with the principles of fairness, decency and good sportsmanship.

The fact remains that members of the Fourth Estate do have a soft spot for certain teams. The onus is on them to exercise a high degree of professionalism in the execution of their duty.

Besides, while perceived bias might hurt a lot of people who support the other clubs, reporters do not have a direct impact on the result, as perhaps referees and administrators often do.

As such, I call upon those in positions to influence results to desist from doing so and let the teams fight it out on a level playing field.

It has been an enthralling Castle Premiership race this season, with plenty of twists and turns in between.

It’s a race with deserves an undisputable winner, a people’s champion, one we will all be proud to call King of Zimbabwean football.

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