PSL meets over Ascot fiasco


HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is set to meet today to crucially determine the way forward regarding the abandoned match between Chapungu and Dynamos on Sunday.

The match was abandoned in the 56th minute following the collapse of a goalpost at Ascot Stadium with DeMbare leading 0-4 through goals from Emanuel Mandiranga (double), Christian Ntouba, and Denver Mukamba.

The goalpost collapsed after Chapungu goalkeeper Talbert Shumba crashed into the upright as he tried to deal with a shot from Dynamos midfielder Tichaona Chipunza.

Technicians from the Gweru City Council tried to weld back the goalpost but the match could not go ahead as light had quickly disappeared. Only one of the four floodlight towers was working.

PSL communications officer Kudzai Bare said: “We are going to issue an official statement after going through an official match report. We will also have to do internal consultations and further announcements will be made in due course.”

According to football rules a game is most likely to be replayed starting from the first minute if it has been called off due to natural causes like bad weather and lightning.

In the event that the match has been stopped due to floodlight failure, the game must then be played on within 48 hours starting from the same minute is was called off with the same personnel as were on the field at the time.

Meanwhile, Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa compared his team’s dazzling performance against Chapungu before the stoppage likening the display to when the Glamour Boys crushed Algerian giants MC Alger in a African Champions League tie in 2011.

“It was total football from the youngsters and it took me to some few years back when we played that team from Algeria (MC Alger),” Mutasa told the Daily News.

“The youngsters played total football. The passing, attacking and defending was just on point. It was an eye-catching game of football, maybe the only letdown was that we were not at Rufaro Stadium or National Sports Stadium for the majority to see.

“It was a game worth watching again and again. The youngsters showed a lot of hunger. The intensity of the game was just phenomenal. It only left me to remind those that doubted this team at the start to give the youngsters time.

“I have always said that this is an attacking team and the results are slowly showing.”

Mutasa said while the recent results are very encouraging, they remain grounded and would stick to their earlier target of improving on their last year’s achievement.

“With such performances like this, as a coach you can start to dream of bigger things but for us we are still talking the same language of doing better than what we did last season,” Mutasa said.

“I think we are now consistent largely due to the fact that we didn’t have a lot of injuries like what we went through especially at the start of the season.

“And at this rate I think we are surely on course to achieve our target.

“If you recall last season we finished fifth and we can be number four, three, two or even one. It will still be an improvement from last season.

“So for now we just want to take each game at a time without giving these youngsters too much pressure.”

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