Bosso, Dynamos fans hooligan behaviour must stop

Erol Akbay

Erol Akbay

Ricky Zililo, Senior Sports Reporter
THE behaviour of home fans during Sunday’s Castle Premier League duel pitting giants Dynamos and Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium in the capital brought to mind an often used cliché: those who live in glass houses should NOT throw stones.

Dynamos fans have in the past complained about Bosso fans’ propensity to resort to violence at the slightest provocation by match officials’ decisions.

Last Sunday it was Glamour Boys’ fans that threw missiles onto the field towards the end of the match forcing the referee to briefly stop the match.The untoward behaviour by the few Dynamos fans who sought to spoil the country’s flagship football match earned their side a $2 000 penalty from the PSL for throwing missiles on the field of play.

Not only did the Dynamos fans throw missiles, but their ball boys disrupted Highlanders’ attacks by kicking the ball into the field  each time Bosso approached the DeMbare box.

Highlanders coach Erol Akbay slammed hooligans as well as ball boys’ antics.

“We went to play football and I think we should have won the game. We were denied a clear penalty when Godfrey Makaruse was hacked in the box. After that we had their supporters throwing missiles and you wonder if that is football. I don’t condone bad behaviour by supporters and to see that from Dynamos supporters was bad for football.

“They also had the ball boys disrupting our attack by kicking the ball into the field. Those boys were acting on instructions and if that’s how they play football, then football won’t develop in this country,” Akbay said.

Highlanders coach felt robbed of a penalty in the 52nd minute when Makaruse was brought down by defender Phakamani Dube inside the box and Masvingo based referee Arnold Ncube despite cautioning Dube for the foul, did not give Bosso the spot-kick.

The match saw on-fire Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa, Dynamos’ scorer, shown a straight red card by Ncube in the dying minutes of the game for head-butting Highlanders player Peter Muduhwa in an off the ball incident as DeMbare were preparing to take a corner.

Epoupa’s red card resulted in frustrated Dynamos fans from the Vietnam stand resorting to throwing missiles onto the pitch on the 90th minute mark, briefly stopping the game.

It was a battle to have the three minutes optional time played and the DeMbare ball boys made the situation worse as another ball would be thrown into the pitch once Highlanders were in attack. This was just a poor advert for Zimbabwean football as the match was being beamed live on SuperSport 10.

Bosso equalised through defender Benson Phiri in the 60th minute.

Surprisingly, there has been deafening silence on DeMbare fans’ unruly behaviour from Zifa, the Sports and Recreation Commission as well as the PSL who are quick to issue strong statements denouncing hooliganism in cases relating to Highlanders.

It seems Dynamos are being treated with kids’ gloves as in May 2012 their marshals assaulted Hwange coaches after clashing in the tunnel before kick-off.

Hwange went on to play the game without their head coach Nation Dube and his assistant Mamelo Njekwa after the duo had gone to hospital and DeMbare won the game 4-2.

Results

Friday: Ngezi Platinum Stars 2-1 Harare City
Saturday: FC Platinum 1-0 How Mine, Black Rhinos 1-1 Bulawayo City, Chicken Inn 1-2 Yadah FC, Chapungu 1-1 Shabanie Mine, Tsholotsho FC 0-1 ZPC Kariba
Sunday: Bantu Rovers 1-3 Caps United, Triangle United 3-1 Hwange, Dynamos 1-1 Highlanders

Table

P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    Pts
Chicken Inn    25    16    3    6    28    12    16    51
FC Platinum    25    14    9    2    27    12    15    51
*Dynamos    23    15    4    4    39    17    22    49
Ngezi Platinum    25    15    4    6    44    25    19    49
ZPC Kariba    25    11    6    8    26    21    5    39
How Mine    25    10    7    8    22    25    -3    37
Triangle United    25    9    8    8    26    25    1    35
Black Rhinos    25    9    6    10    26    22    4    33
Highlanders    24    9    6    9    21    23    -2    33
Caps United    22    8    8    6    30    23    7    32
Bulawayo City    25    9    5    11    29    32    -3    32
*Chapungu    24    7    9    8    15    17    -2    30
Yadah FC    25    8    6    11    22    30    -8    30
Harare City    25    7    7    11    19    20    -1    28
Shabanie Mine    25    6    8    11    16    25    -9    26
Hwange    25    6    5    13    21    31    -10    23
Tsholotsho FC    25    2    10    13    14    34    -20    16
Bantu Rovers    25    3    3    19    22    52    -30    12

*match abandoned

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  • Josphat Mwandiita

    Cde Zililo, you could have balanced your report by adding that defender Benson Phiri, who scored in the 2nd half, should have been red-carded in the 1st half for severely assaulting striker Christian Epoupa. After all is said and done, DeMbare bhoraaa!

    • desy

      and the missiles besides the ball boys what do you have to say about that,had it been the other team doing that against the Harare goliath, history has shown us that the team is severely punished,so please predict to us what is going to happen to this harare based team ,”ahhhh don’t predict anything just realized everyone knows how this goes”

      • Ngatibayane

        The ball boys behavior was first witnessed at BF when Dynamos was playing Chicken. Some fans would be seen throwing balls when Demabare is attacking. Another cancer growing.

    • zibulo

      and what do you say about the ball boys’ behavior? Your observation , not what you think they thought they were doing , just your comment. And the denied penalty. Oh , and the “few”fans who threw missiles. Your take please.

    • Mdaa

      severely attacking??
      What a shameeful usage of words, DONT JUST PICK AND USE ANY AND EVERY ENGLISH WORD THAT YOU HEAR ON THE STREETS, SEVERELY IS WHAT WAS DONE BY YOUR EPOUPA, AND MUDHUWA JUST MADE SURE HE THWARTS THE BOY OUT OF PLAY, CLOSE HIM IN A BOX, THEN YOU GO SHOUTING SEVERELY, AH AKUSEKELE WENA MANI HAAA.

      Let your team win fairly not these favors.

  • kays

    After all that praise singing that Dynamos are better organised am sure now Akbay you realise they are rather better connected if anything.

  • True Makepekepe

    There are rules for everyone and there are rules for Dynamos. Period. In as much as they brag that they are the only one to have reached the finals of the Champions League…it should be noted that they are record holders of having lost 6-0 under Mutasa and Pasuwa in recent years! Even if you mock and call CAPS the 4 brothers…you (Dynamos) lost by bigger margins! You will not repeat that fluke of reaching the finals again, even the semi finals! You do not get shameless protection at international level. Nxaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. #SiyangwaIsAnIdiot

    • Wellington

      even the second round

  • Tyson

    This Bosso guy might die from headers.————5th header on target from Ntouba,Obah,Tsipa,Marufu and Chikafa

  • khulu

    What is shocking is for an official to rescind a referees decision and not the referee’s decision itself, referees err, they are human but their decision is final in civilised societies.