Gamecocks, Platinum match cancelled

HARARE - Chicken Inn will have to serve their football dish on FC Platinum next time when violence which erupted in Bulawayo yesterday forced the cancellation of this eagerly-awaited fixture.

Police fought running battles with youths in Bulawayo following eruption of violence in yesterday’s largely peaceful stay away called to protest the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

The Gamecocks were due to host FC Platinum at 15:00 hours at Luveve Stadium but the match was cancelled on the advice of police.

For more than three hours, areas surrounding the venue of the match and roads leading to the stadium were marred with battles which saw a rowdy crowd not only barricading the Luveve Road but also burning tyres as they expressed their anger.

By kick-off time, the stadium was deserted with only security officials manning the venue, an indication that fans had also boycotted the encounter.

Premier Soccer League chief executive Kenny Ndebele could not be drawn to discuss the reasons behind the postponement of the game insisting he would issue a statement later in the day.

The postponement of yesterday’s match means FC Platinum will go into weekend’s matches still tied on 26 points with Highlanders, who boast of a superior goal difference, at the top of the log table.

Fixtures:

Saturday: FC Platinum v CAPS United (Mandava Stadium), Tsholotsho v Mutare City Rovers (White City Stadium), Chapungu v Chicken Inn (Ascot Stadium), Harare City v How Mine (Rufaro Stadium), Ngezi Platinum Stars v ZPC Kariba (Baobab Stadium)

Sunday: Hwange v Bulawayo City (Colliery Stadium), Highlanders v Triangle (Barbourfields Stadium), Dynamos v Border Strikers (Rufaro Stadium)

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