Confusion over Uhuru reply

HARARE - Confusion now surrounds the Independence Cup replay between Dynamos and FC Platinum scheduled for Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

The Harare giants last night revealed that they are now unable to raise a team to face FC Platinum after the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) failed to respond to their earlier request.

Dynamos president, Kenny Mubaiwa, yesterday reaffirmed his club's position, saying nothing has changed.

Mubaiwa maintained that Dynamos will not engage in a replay final against FC Platinum after Zifa failed to meet their demands.

The Glamour Boys had demanded that if the match is to be played, it will commence in its abandoned moment.

And after Zifa failed to respond to the Glamour Boys’ demands in time, Mubaiwa said they have since shifted their focus to the weekend’s league match.

“We are no longer taking part even if Zifa changes their mind now,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“There is nowhere we could raise a team to play tomorrow. We are now looking forward to our game against How Mine in Bulawayo.”

The reigning league champions are citing that Zifa's decision to charge entry fees defeats the purpose with which the match was initially intended.

The Independence Trophy final was called off after 65 minutes at the National Sports Stadium on April 18 with Dynamos leading 1-0, courtesy of a Ronald Chitiyo goal.

A power blackout, 25 minute before the end of the game, forced referee Pedzisayi Chadya to call off the game after consulting with captains of the two clubs.

Zifa, then scheduled a replay for this afternoon, but it looks like Dynamos will not show up.

Called for comment, Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the match would go on as scheduled but could not shed more light on the issue.

FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo confirmed that the Zvishavane-based side will be at Rufaro waiting for kick-off at 3pm.

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