Zimbos under siege in Mzansi

HARARE - It has earned global status as the world's most beautiful game but Zimbabwean players have not received their fair share of love from their African brothers in South Africa's Absa Premiership.

If anything, they have been at the receiving end of very sad events most recently being the suspension of AmaZulu defender Carlington Nyadombo over allegations of "using muti against his club".

How club officials arrived at that conclusion is still a mystery.

But what is known is that the verdict was precipitated by angry supporters who went as far as trying to physically remove Nyadombo from Usuthu's training grounds last week before police intervened.

The fans accused Nyadombo of working with the club's enemies, claiming that is the reason why Usuthu find themselves at the bottom of the Absa Premiership.

This episode comes barely a month after striker Kingston Nkhata forced a move to SuperSport United after having had enough of the Kaizer Chiefs boo-boys.

At Matsatsantsa, Nkhatha has answered critics the best way he knows how, by scoring goals.

His brace on Tuesday helped his side hammer Polokwane City 4-1 in the Nedbank Cup last 32 tie, going on to show that he can be lethal if the right environment prevails.

However, and naturally so, it has been Nyadombo's suspension that has drawn widespread condemnation from football followers in and outside Zimbabwe.

Tapuwa Kapini, who captained Amazulu before being unceremoniously dismissed at the club, did not want to delve too much into the topic fearing his comment, could be viewed as sour grapes.

He, however, failed to find any defence to the treatment being passed out to his countryman.

"It's unfortunate that Carli is being used as a scapegoat for the team's misfortunes," Kapini told the Daily News on Sunday from South Africa.

"Carli has a family to feed; he needs the winning bonus, why would he use muti against his club when he want his club to win. If the club does well, he also does well.

"I also don't see any problem with him talking to opponents. I used to talk to opponents after matches all the time. Carli is also coming to the end of his contract. So some of these things can happen."

Roderick Mutuma, who had a stint with Bloemfontein Celtic but failed to make an impact before he was released out of his contract, feels that Nyadombo was a victim of circumstances.

"When I was in South Africa I was treated well, I would not want to lie. I was just unlucky with the new coach but I had my chance. I just couldn't take it," he said.

"In Carlington's case, I feel for him. Carlington is one person who has stood with the team for a long time. For Carlington to be named captain they saw something great in him. Now for them to just suspend him, just like that. It's not fair," he said.

Social media was also awash with many expressing shock at how Usuthu could give in to the demands of their supporters at the expense of their captain.

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