CAPS fans in clean-up campaign

MUTARE - CAPS United supporters on Sunday conducted a clean-up exercise in Mutare’s central business district.

The fans also took it upon themselves to denounce rising cases of hooliganism, pitch invasions, missile throwing and obscene songs in the football league.

CAPS United Supporters Manicaland Chapter spokesperson Brighton Mkwate said attending football matches should be a family fun event and there was need to rid football stadia of unruly elements and traditions.

“We are denouncing hooliganism, pitch invasions, obscene songs at matches because attending football matches should be worthy family outings and we also want an end to pitch invasions and attacks on match officials,” Mkwate said.

He also said they were challenging the City of Mutare to introduce litter bins at Sakubva Stadium.

“Litter should not be strewn all over the place. We want a clean environment and we would like City of Mutare to be the first to introduce litter bins ..,” Mkwate said.

The Makepekepe supporters had also many reasons to celebrate later in the day as their side went on to beat Mutare City Rovers 2-0.

Goals form Simba Nhivi and Abbas Amidu ensured that United shot to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership log with 21 points from 10 matches.

ZPC Kariba are in second-place with 21 points but have an inferior goal difference to that of Makepekepe.

Hooliganism has of late been popping its ugly head with increasing frequency with Mutare City Rovers having been recently fined $1 500 for their fans’ unruly behaviour.

Dynamos fans’ riotous conduct after failing to stomach a 1-0 home loss to FC Platinum last month marked the ugliest episode of the malicious mischief.

The post-match running battles between fans and police even drew censure from government.

While pitch invasions are becoming the norm at Sakubva Stadium, the football world was left in shock recently after Zimbabwe Women’s Football official Cecilia Gambe invaded the pitch during a Rovers and How Mine game threatening the match official Brighton Chimene, whom she accused of giving the home side a raw deal.

On the same day, an irate vendor even slapped Chimene as she made her way back to the changing rooms at half-time.

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