Rovers defend Gurure inclusion

MUTARE - Underfire Mutare City Rovers have defended their decision to include suspended forward Kudakwashe Gurure during last weekend’s draw with FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

The Mutare municipal police side face sanctions from the Premier Soccer League since Gurure should not have played after picking up three yellows cards against Border Strikers, Chapungu and Bulawayo City.

Rovers club secretary general Saul Tom wrote to PSL chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele explaining the mix-up.

In the letter, Tom claims they did not see any communication regarding Gurure’s suspension as their email server was down and the PSL website also mentioned only three players; Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United), Kudzanai Kwashi (Border Strikers) and Xolisani Moyo (Bulawayo City).

“Please be advised that the club was not aware that Gurure had been suspended. You should not our server was down for the better part of last week and we were relying on the PSL official website,” wrote Tom.

‘’You will not the website on the 11th of August at 11:21am only the mentioned three players on suspension.

“Find attached a print out of the official page. The same list is the one which also appeared in the local newspaper...prior to our game. This is the information we were relying on when we played against FC Platinum at Mandava.”

Asked by the media after the weekend match, Magusha coach Taku Shariwa had professed ignorance on the supposed suspension.

“Gurure’s name is not among suspended players as far as I know,” Shariwa said then.

The PSL is likely to drag Rovers before a disciplinary hearing and in the event the Mutare side are found guilty; it will be a big blow to their survival hopes.

Magusha will forfeit the point they picked up against FC Platinum and in the worst case scenario they might be docked more points.

At the moment, Rovers are currently in 13th place on the log in the relegation zone and some seven points from safety.

If they are to be docked any points then they can surely kiss their top flight status goodbye as they would have a herculean task to survive the drop with only 11 matches to go before the season ends.

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