DeMbare moot Barbourfields boycott

HARARE - The Castle Lager Premiership is headed for turbulent waters after Dynamos threatened not to fulfil Sunday’s match against Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium in fear of their safety.

Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday they fear there will be a repeat of violent scenes that have characterised the two teams’ matches at Barbourfields in recent years.

The Glamour Boys are set to travel to Bulawayo for the reverse fixture against Bosso on Sunday but Mubaiwa revealed they need security assurances from the league, Highlanders and police before embarking on the trip.

“To be honest with you, we are afraid of going to play at Barbourfields because of the violence that has been happening there in recent years,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“As a matter of fact we are sitting down as an executive to see how best we can handle the situation. We are worried about our welfare.

“Morale is very low in our camp. We can’t even prepare well thinking that we are going to play at Barbourfields because it’s now more like a warzone.

“The most worrying thing is that we don’t feel protected each time we go there. We are worried about the welfare of our players, supporters and us.

“In as much as we want to go there and play football at the same time we fear for our safety there.

“So, as Dynamos we feel it is better to give Highlanders the three points and save our lives. I don’t think it’s worth dying for football. Come to think of it, each time we play at Barbourfields there is always violence.

“Teams are there to play football and we can’t all win one game. It is very logical that only one team will win at the end of the day.

“If they can’t accept a defeat then we will have to donate points to them. If you go and win there; it’s an issue.”

Mubaiwa blamed local football leaders for failing to hand out deterrent sentences to violence perpetrators at Barbourfields and alleged there was a sinister plot only to punish Dynamos.

“Our biggest problem is that each time they (Highlanders fans) commit a crime they go unpunished,” said Mubaiwa.

“That’s where I always ask why? They keep on doing this because they know nothing will ever happen to them.

“They came here the last time and they even threw bottles at us but nothing was done. What surprises me is that there are football leaders who should instil discipline but it seems they are ignorant about serious matters.

“Violence has no place in football and it appears our football leaders only wait for Dynamos to commit a crime for them to act. The playing field is not even.

“Our football leaders are ignorant and as Dynamos we are worried about the lives of the people therefore we cannot go there.”

Mubaiwa added that they would raise their concerns with the responsible authorities.

“We are going to write to the Premier Soccer League, Zifa and the Sports and Recreation Commission raising our concerns.”

Last month, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) banned Dynamos midfielder Stephen Alimenda for three matches and fined him $2 500 for slapping female Tsholotsho medic Sibusisiwe Mthunzi.

However, this is in sharp contrast to the rulings handed down on Highlanders’ cases of violence at Barbourfields.

Last August, a Highlanders fan Thembelenkosini Hloli passed away in the violence that rocked Barbourfields following Dynamos’ 1-0 win.

Five suspected Dynamos fans were arrested for allegedly causing Hloli’s death but the case has since stalled in the courts.

Bosso were fined only $2 000 for the behaviour of their fans during the skirmishes.

The Bulawayo giants were also fined $2 500 for the violence which rocked Hartsfield Ground last September when they lost 3-1 to ZPC Kariba.

Two ZPC players; Tawanda Munyanduri and Tawanda Nyamandwe together with an 11-year-old ball-boy were injured due to the missiles thrown by Bosso fans.

Saturday: Flame Lily v Tsholotsho (Lafarge), ZPC Kariba v Triangle (Nyamhunga), Chapungu v Whawha (Ascot, 2pm SS)

Sunday: Dongo Sawmill v Chicken Inn (Vengere), Hwange v How Mine (Colliery), Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields, SS), Buffaloes v FC Platinum  (Sakubva), CAPS United v Harare City (National Sports Stadium)

 

Comments (32)

Mr. Mubaiwa please stop playing politics.... tinoda kuona bhora. What will happen now if Highlanders refuse to play Dynamos too? Ngatiitei zvebhora tombosiya tuma petty politics utwo

Max - 22 July 2015

Correct Max.He is a coward hiding behind sensationalism. He behaves like the likes of Zifa who are killing our game.

mtshayisa - 22 July 2015

that's a very good excuse in case dynamos is beaten this time. it is becoming close for highlanders to beat dynamos. if highlanders do it this time all the dynamos fans will be using this excuse.

s - 22 July 2015

Mubaiwa stop behaving like a kid, obvious PSL and ZRP have put in place strategies to curb violence during the match. The reason is simple, your team is not in its best form and you won the previous match against bosso courtesy of man of the match the referee. So you are afraid of losing come sunday. Ezika magebhula ezimnyama ngenkani!

Phila - 22 July 2015

No guys Mubaiwa is correct coz Bosso fans are always like that when ever they loose to Dembare so its not good when the authorities does nothing when fans are injured and killed.Soccer is a family game so PSL should act to stop this madness or even ban Bosso from using BF.

Member Kadyaridzire - 22 July 2015

Mubaiwa is right,Bf has been turned to a war zone by Highlanders supporters with the blessing of PSL and those purporting to be soccer administrators.We have witnessed this happening several times and these hooligans go unpunished,its only Gwindi who managed to punish these hooligans,they are just a nuisance and retrogressive

sinyoro - 22 July 2015

HATS OFF TO MUBAIWA. BF IS NOW LIKE DRC OR SUDAN OR LIBYA. THEY CANT ACCEPT DEFEAT THOSE PEOPLE. DESTROYING ROBOTS, SHOPS, KILLING PEOPLE ETC TARIBO AS AN EXAMPLE.

shutto - 22 July 2015

Mubaiwa is right. Let these Arabs take the points rather than us counting body bags on Sunday evening. They are a violent lot the Bosso fans.

Dadza Muponda - 22 July 2015

Where were you Kenny when De-mbare got away with brutal assault on Hwange team inside Rufaro tunnel. Did Hwange stopped coming to Harare. It seems we are headed for the stone age era again where De-Mbare gets VIP treatment upon entering Mat-North Province at Shangani river. Who can forget the biggest mayhem that led to abandonment of a match at BF when Dembare fans at Mpilo end ran riot sending the mighty soweto stand into voice mail. If Alimenda had assaulted Caps or Bosso medic , It was going to be a big deal. The bottom line is both fans are volatile and it takes something small to ignite them which we all don't want. Kenny does not sound like a leader,

X-MAN IV - 22 July 2015

THIS IS THE MOST STUPID STORY AND DISCUSSION I HAVE EVER READ!!!! IF I WERE HIGHLANDERS, IN LIGHT OF ALL THIS BIAS AND STUPID TALK FROM DYNAMOS CHAIRMAN MUBAIWA, I WOULD SAY FROM NOW, HIGHLANDERS SHALL NOT COME TO PLAY DYNAMOS IN HARARE, AND DYNAMOS NEVER PLAY HIGHLANDERS IN BULAWAYO. EVERY YEAR LET THEM START WITH 3 POINTS EACH AND COMPETE ON THE RESULTS FRO THE OTHER 14 TEAMS. THIS IS A PATHETIC SITUATION AND UNFORTUNATELY, THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL FRATERNITY, JOURNALISTS ARE EXTREMELY IDIOTIC WHEN IT COMES TO DYNAMOS.

SHIBOBO - 22 July 2015

Mubaiwa has a point here. Highlanders fans and not players would want to turn BF into a mini SYRIA when infact it should be an arena of entertainment. They hallucinate that their team should not loose, something that has turned a myth to them. They always vent their anger, agony and embarrassment at supporters/ players of winning teams since it has become a fact to them that they are perennial loosers. If they ever dream of beating a machinery like Dynamos or Caps United, then they have to go to the pitch expecting to get entertained and tolerate whatever result that comes out. For anyone to defend Bosso violence citing an irrelevant example of the unfortunate Dynamos vs Hwange match is misplaced and show how confused that fellow is. Wake up and think football. How many times have Dynamos played Hwange after that match and all matches ended in peace. We do not condone soccer violence in what ever form. Bosso supporters please behave like grownups and not like Barbarians as we have always witnessed. Who do you think you are? You loose to Dembare, its violence, you losse to Makepekepe its violence, you lose to Kauya Katuruturu its violence, you lose to Deure high school, its war. When are you going to shed off your barbaric mentality you barbarian fans who are allergic to peace?

professor jonathan - 23 July 2015

Whilst Kenny is sought of finding an excuse in the event that they lose, I feel the PSL leaders need to apply the soccer laws across the board.The last time Highlanders was in Zvishavane, there was violence, and Highlanders though they felt cheated should have assistedin dealoing with their fans

amos - 23 July 2015

Whilst Kenny is sought of finding an excuse in the event that they lose, I feel the PSL leaders need to apply the soccer laws across the board.The last time Highlanders was in Zvishavane, there was violence, and Highlanders though they felt cheated should have assisted in dealing with their fans

amos - 23 July 2015

whoever is against what mubayiwa is saying has never been to these matches.a line has to be drawn at the end of the day. the other time, highlanders fans had the guts to even beat Caps united supporters in a match Caps had been defeated by Dynamos at BF. we grew up going tosoccer matches but i cant take my son to BF. tobudirira seyi.PATHETIC

bharanzi - 23 July 2015

TRUE makalanga akajaidzwa everytime they beat up people and they will do the same becoz highlanders are dynamos`s gilrfriend, and they will fall at home

Harare - 23 July 2015

GUMEDE AND CREW NEED TO TELL ALL THEIR FOLLOWERS THAT IN A GAME OF SOCCER THERE IS ALWAYS A WIN, A DRAW OR A LOSE. LETS ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL GAME SO THAT BETTER TEAM OF THE DAY WINS. DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

FATSO - 23 July 2015

Whilst the message to refrain from violence is a noble one boycotting the match is not advisable,i love Dynamos so much that i can't imagine a Dynamos outfit donating points to Bosso on a silver plate like that.Hence i encourage the team to go out there a record a victory but tell the players to celebrate professionally and not to provoke the opponents,now with Mutuma,Chinyama and Kawondera our new strikers a good attacking combination will see us prevailing over Bosso

GLAMOURBOY - 23 July 2015

all this talk about dynamos mooting to boycott B/F is shit talk. people should stop tribalising soccer. to hell with typical Squealermaxim that,'some animals are more equal than others" let the game be played simply. mubayiwa stop incensing your erstwhile referees against Bosso. we implore your team to field 11 players at a time. if you want a referee to play let him be the 11th player. period and stop this thick shit of yours, kak.

nelson ndlovu - 23 July 2015

I foresee referees spoiling this game again. Let them be warned that the venue this time is mighty BF.

Teeman - 23 July 2015

I foresee referees spoiling this game again. Let them be warned that the venue this time is mighty BF.

Teeman - 23 July 2015

I foresee referees spoiling this game again. Let them be warned that the venue this time is mighty BF.

Teeman - 23 July 2015

whilst we appreciate the sentiments of Kenny Mubaiwa, that chances of violence are high whenever those two teams meet i mean Dynamos and Highlanders but i think its unprofessional to quit the match basing on past evens. I think what he should have said or do is to encourage the football stakeholders to be calm despite the outcome of the results.

Jay Dee - 23 July 2015

Highlanders in Matebeleland signifies Royalty. Its Royal Mthwakazi at best, because it was started by King Lobhengula's son. This will always be so!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 24 July 2015

kkkkkkkkk hayasi king kenny his talking like a primary school coach pamakabirira kurufaro u ddnt comment nw makutya kunotamba nebosso koz u knw mabasa enyu chisi hachieri musi wacharimwa u talk as if ur dembare team haite noise why ,wht happend pahwange game and tht tsholotsho medic shame kurova mkadzi nw makutya varume kkkkkkk coward chairmain u jst like Cuthbert Dube

munhu - 25 July 2015

kkkkkkkk King Kenny saka munototama pamba penyu nekuti baba epanext vakaoma musorry here

munhu - 25 July 2015

The big game was played and its over now. Its funny the match had to be briefly stopped after some De-mbare fans threw missiles. I will be happy to hear Kenny's comments or maybe its irrelevant and unfortunate. Any team can cause mayhem which we all don't want otherwise the game was good.

X-MAN IV - 27 July 2015

This discussion would be much more simpler, educative and less tribalistic if we could all furnish ourselves with accurate statistics, figures, timelines, story clips and testimonials of the story being presumed. We propose different viewpoints most of which are not based on research and figures. Lets all really look deeply in whats being proposed then and only then can we make an educated argument.

Oakseed - 29 July 2015

This discussion would be much more simpler, educative and less tribalistic if we could all furnish ourselves with accurate statistics, figures, timelines, story clips and testimonials of the story being presumed. We propose different viewpoints most of which are not based on research and figures. Lets all really look deeply in whats being proposed then and only then can we make an educated argument.

Oakseed - 29 July 2015

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