Violence as Bosso lose

BULAWAYO - A 13-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury as Highlanders fans rioted following their team’s 1-3 defeat to ZPC Kariba here which all but ended their hopes of winning the league title.

Both Highlanders and ZPC Kariba players were marooned at the centre of the pitch as missile-throwing fans made it difficult for the teams to access the dressing rooms.

POLICE ESCORT: Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu, in white shirt, is led off the field by police details as fans call for his head after the match. Picture: Nash Mkokwayarira

This was the second time in as many months that Highlanders fans had resorted to violence in response to their team’s defeats.

In the reverse fixture against leaders Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium, Themba Hloli, a Highlanders fan died from wounds sustained during disturbances that spilled into neighbourhood after Bosso lost 0-1.

The PSL is yet to take action on the first incident which forced Dynamos to issue a warning that they would not play Highlanders in Bulawayo unless the authorities punish Bosso and their hooligans.

Yesterday Highlanders fans could not stomach their team’s third league match without a win.

They resorted to throwing all sorts of objects that included stones, drinking bottles onto the pitch with players and match officials huddling together under the protection of police shields.

For a moment the objective of the world’s most beautiful game lost its meaning with police retaliating by firing teargas to disperse the irate fans. In the heat of the moment, Bosso striker Njabulo Ncube took a swipe at the supporters, who had taunted him for the entire match uttering some unprintable words.

After a lengthy wait, players were escorted to the changing rooms.

Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu tried to put on a brave face after the match but he could not hide his frustration.

NOWHERE TO HIDE: Highlanders and ZPC Kariba players are marooned at the centre of the pitch as Bosso fans throw missiles at the end of Sunday's match. Picture: Nash Mkokwayarira

“Whether we have lost or not the facts are there, I have done well. I don’t want to go into details. I’m not the person to wash dirty linen in public but there will be a time that people will say ‘this one did well,” he said.

“People may be angry; it is so disappointing to lose at home. You could see how the missiles were coming; it goes beyond football but if we are going to start crying then we will cry until the end of the season. But what is important is to pick ourselves up.

“These are the same players that will be playing on Sunday, isn’t it? Are you saying we have to register new players? They are the same players that have made us happy but at some time they make us cry.”

ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka lashed out at the Bosso fans saying their actions were a betrayal to their club.

“Well, Highlanders are a big club and if they are going to be humiliated by their own fans especially here in Bulawayo, it’s something not to expect,” Chaminuka said.

Chaminuka claimed some of his players – Tawanda Nyamandwe and Terrence Ngonzo – sustained injuries during the violence.

The nomadic coach praised his charges for showing character and putting themselves in a good position in the title race.

“I think it was a well-played game. A game were ZPC Kariba players showed character after leading as early as we did. Highlanders equalised but we played well. We came out the better team in the second half.

“I wouldn’t want to say we are title contenders. But I think today’s game puts us favourably for a top four finish.

“I thought we would be battling for a top eight finish but after today I am convinced we are going to be in the top four.”

ZPC Kariba led as early as the second minute courtesy of a Felix Chindungwe deflection from an Elvis Meleka’s strike.

Highlanders looked like they would turn the match on its head after equalising in the 24th minute through Rahman Kutsanzira header from a Charles Sibanda cross.

Bosso went on to dominate the first half with Sibanda’s effort being cleared off the line by Dexter Phiri.

It would be the visiting team that would come from the breather with intent.

Limited Chikafa rolled back the years with some sweet finishes to seal the match for the visitors.

First he volleyed home past Ariel Sibanda to give the visitors back the lead before heading home his brace in the 60th minute to seal Bosso’s fate.

Comments (9)

Unruly Bosso fans are a total disgrace to the good game and the nation.

Bosso A Disgrace - 29 September 2014

Bosso fans must learn to grow up and grow up quick! They know where their team trains, why dont they go and demonstrate there. It will be a pure 'domestic' issue wont it, than to come out in front of visitors. Imagine what a bad advertisement it would have been had SuperSport had been there, embarassing. Who blames the corporate world for steering clear of Soccer when such barbarism prevails at Highlanders. PSL where are you, why are you sleeping at the wheel? just hit them where it hurts...Highlanders should play without fans for the remainder of the season as well as their first 10 games in the next season, simple!!

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codzo - 30 September 2014

With soccer each game is new, the game plan is determined by the opponent at hand, you either win or lose fortunate to have a draw, to salvage a point. When your team loses, accept it, go straight home and endure the pain, no go kubhawa coz kumba wakunonetsa vanhu, drink over it and bury the loss at the back of your mind and wait for the next game, new game, new opponent, new game plan.

tichaona - 30 September 2014

My belief though is not to punish Highlanders as a team because the violence did not start with their players but the best is to punish Bosso fans by just asking them to stay away from Bosso's home matches and on away game the army may be deployed into their fans areas. Otherwise punishing the club will not affect the hooligans

maita - 1 October 2014

I would like to totally agree with 'maita.' Punishing Highlanders as a team would be unjust. It's high time that the security details deployed at the stadium be equipped with cameras to take videos of hooligans. Punish the malcontents by banning them from coming to places where soccer will be played. Have their pictures enlarged and put on posters saying they must report at the nearest police station and will be arrested and charged if found at stadium. Teams never encourage violence by fans. After all some of these hooligans may not be team supporters after all, but people hell bent to tarnish a team's image.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 1 October 2014

I would like to totally agree with 'maita.' Punishing Highlanders as a team would be unjust. It's high time that the security details deployed at the stadium be equipped with cameras to take videos of hooligans. Punish the malcontents by banning them from coming to places where soccer will be played. Have their pictures enlarged and put on posters saying they must report at the nearest police station and will be arrested and charged if found at stadium. Teams never encourage violence by fans. After all some of these hooligans may not be team supporters after all, but people hell bent to tarnish a team's image.

tomasi ndofeni tohwi - 1 October 2014

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