PSL too lenient on Bosso

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee wasted a good chance of sending out a strong signal to football hooligans when they fined Highlanders a paltry $2 500 last week.

Bosso fans ran amok after the club’s 1-3 defeat to ZPC Kariba last month throwing missiles onto the pitch as they demanded the immediate sacking of former coach Kelvin Kaindu.

ZPC Kariba players Tawanda Munyanduri and Tawanda Nyamandwe, as well as an 11-year-old ball-boy, were injured in the melee.

It was a sad episode for the local game as these disturbances occurred only a month after a Highlanders fan Themba Hloli lost his life following violence that occurred after Bosso lost to Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium.

Barbourfields and of late Hartsfield have been turned into battle fields every time Highlanders have lost a match.

This violence is now sticking out like a sore thumb for the PSL which is in desperate need to attract more sponsors and at the same time maintain the one they currently have.

This season alone, Highlanders fans have been at the centre of many running battles with authorities and the PSL should have used this case to make a bold statement against hooliganism.

Surely a fine of $2 500 is but a slap on the wrist for a club like Highlanders.

Instead, the PSL disciplinary committee should have explored sterner measures like ordering the Bulawayo giants to play a number of their next home matches in empty stadia.

Bosso depend heavily on gate receipts and playing in an empty stadium would have been a more convenient punishment.

The PSL should go an extra mile to identify those responsible for sparking this violence and ban them from ever setting foot in any of the stadia across the country.

Already, a life has been lost due to this senseless violence over a football match and no one deserves to die for the sake of football.

At this rate, more people are likely to die unless the PSL acts decisively to make sure that all supporters feel safe when attending football matches across the country.

But if the league continues to dish out such lenient penalties for crowd trouble, the hooligans will continue to cause havoc in our local game.

Comments (1)

In the 80s and 90s, Highlanders used to win matches fair and square. The players were quite good, the likes of Douglas Mloyi, the Ndhlovu brothers, Tobias Mudyambanje etc. They didn't need the intervention of hooligans. Now things have changed. When Highlanders FC fail to win a football match, the hooligans make sure they (hooligans) at least win the missile war.

machakachaka - 29 October 2014

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