PSL, Zifa set for collision

HARARE – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) could be headed for a collision course over the decision to nullify the red card to Dynamos striker Christian Ntouba.

The Cameroonian was handed a straight red card after head-butting Highlanders defender Peter Mudhuwa in an off the ball incident three minutes from time.

The league yesterday revealed that the Glamour Boys did not appeal the decision by referee Arnold Ncube – as they apparently chose the wrong route to write directly to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa – which is not the correct procedure.

“The SL has not received a protest letter from Dynamos FC or communication from Zimbabwe Football Association regarding the expulsion of a Dynamos FC player during a Castle Lager PSL match between Dynamos FC and Highlanders FC at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday 10 September 2017,” the league said.

“The league has only received the official match report from the referee...Ncube.

“Please note that in terms of Order 30 of the PSL Rules and Regulations: 30.1 Any club involved in a match, may lodge a protest with the league in respect of any match played under the auspices of the league provided that:

“ A written protest accompanied by a protest fee of $1 000 is lodged with the general secretariat of the league within 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays) of the game and

“ The written protest referred to in order 30.1 above sets out the full facts on which it is based and refers to the Article and/or rule and regulation allegedly contravened by the offending party; and

“ The protest is not made against the referee’s and/or assistant referee’s decision connected with play, such decisions being final.”

Dynamos secretary general Webster Marechera penned the letter to Chiyangwa registering his club’s displeasure at Ncube’s decision to hand the Cameroonian a red card.

“We write to you complaining about the red card given to Ntouba Epoupa. We feel the referee was not protecting our player from rough play he was encountering hence he ended up retaliating.

“We therefore seek your assistance to reverse that red card decision,” Marechera wrote to the Zifa president.

The match eventually finished 1-1 as Ntouba had put Dynamos ahead after just two minutes before Benson Phiri equalised for the Bulawayo giants. 

Comments (2)

He is showing his true colours for Dynamos. Let him produce minutes of the meeting held and the attendance register including the protest letter from Dembare. it is clear that it was at the instigation of chiyangwa that dynamos should directly deposit their protest with him. He is now souling all the good work he had done.

Ndarwadziwa Mbabvu - 13 September 2017

@Ndarwadziwa which good work has chiyangwa done.bhora haisi zanu.chiyangwa idofo mari chete but idofo

g40 - 13 September 2017

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