Bosso face sanctions

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League says they will come down hard on Highlanders following the violent scenes that occurred at Hartsfield Rugby Ground after Bosso’s loss to ZPC Kariba on Sunday.

Bosso lost the match 1-3 which did not go down well with their fans, who resorted to throwing missiles onto the pitch at the final whistle.

Both teams including the technical staff and the match officials were marooned at the centre of the pitch as missiles rained from the terraces.

The police had to use teargas to disperse the irate Bosso fans, who were calling for the immediate resignation of coach Kelvin Kaindu

A 13-year-old boy was injured during the disturbances while ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka claimed that two of his players Tawanda Nyamandwe and Terrence Gonzo were hit by missiles.

It was the second time in as many months that Bosso fans had resorted to violence in response to their team’s defeat.

It was the same story last month when Dynamos beat Highlanders 0-1 at Barbourfields Stadium, which saw a Highlanders fan, Themba Hloli lose his life during the disturbances.

PSL chairperson, Twine Phiri, who is also the CAPS United director, told the Daily News that they are now concerned with behaviour of Highlanders fans every time their team loses.

“As the PSL we will not let this carry on,” Phiri told the Daily News yesterday.

“This is getting out of hand and we need to bring back justice to our football. These things are soiling the face of football and stern measures needs to be employed to the perpetrators.

“We condemn all forms of violence. It’s now very worrying to everyone because it’s giving a bad picture to our football.

“All clubs should shun all forms of violence and adhere to the rules and regulations of the game. This is bad for our football.”

Phiri called on football fans to practice restraint even if results go against their teams rather than resort to violence. 

“I appeal to the football lovers to accept any result either a win, draw or defeat because no one is guaranteed of a win. That’s why it is called competition,” said Phiri.

Phiri, however refused to shed more light on why the PSL is yet to take action on the first incident which occurred during the Highlanders-Dynamos match.

DeMbare have warned that they will not be willing to face Highlanders in Bulawayo unless the authorities put in place measures to stem the Bosso hooligans.

Following the defeat to ZPC Kariba on Sunday, Highlanders find themselves in fourth place on the log table with 39 points, seven behind log leaders Dynamos, who edged Shabanie Mine 1-0.

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