PSL summons Ngezi, Chakoroma

HARARE - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has charged Ngezi Platinum Stars defender and captain Liberty Chakoroma for assaulting a match official following a Chibuku Super Cup first round match at Baobab Stadium.

Chakoroma will appear before the PSL Disciplinary Committee after he allegedly attacked referee Thomas Masaa following his side’s 3-4 penalty shootout defeat to Herentals last weekend.

The encounter had finished 1-1 in regulation time with Ngezi getting their goal from winger Donald Teguru while the Students equalised through a contentious penalty converted by midfielder Richard Hachiro.

The home side was, however, not impressed by some of the officiating from Masaa as tempers boiled over after the match.

With his team dumped out of the knockout competition, Chakoroma allegedly followed the match officials into the dressing room where the alleged assault occurred.

The commotion has now resulted in both Ngezi and Chakoroma facing charges.

“The PSL has summoned Ngezi Platinum and their player...Chakoroma to appear before the PSL Disciplinary Committee for assaulting a match official after the Chibuku Super Cup first round match against Herentals at Baobab Stadium on 22 September 2018,” the league said in a statement.

“The club and the player are being charged for breaching the PSL rules and regulations.

“In terms of order 31 of the rules and the regulations, it is an act of misconduct on part of a club where: “It’s officials, players, servants or duly authorised (expressed or implied) representatives assault, threaten, intimidate, coerce, interfere, mislead or insult a match official, player, official of the League, public, press or media, or any other person, before, during or after any match.”

The disciplinary hearing has been set to be heard on October 9 at the PSL headquarters in the capital.

These disciplinary proceedings will be an unwelcomed distraction for Tonderai Ndiraya’s side as they hope to close the gap on log leaders FC Platinum with only six games to go.

FC Platinum lead the division with 62 points while Madamburo are in second place with 60 points.

Madamburo are away to bottom side Bulawayo City at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

Ndiraya’s side go into today’s match buoyed by the midweek 2-1 home win over CAPS United.

FC Platinum, who lost 3-1 away to Triangle United in midweek, play struggling Dynamos at Mandava Stadium this afternoon.

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