Fans condemn Chiyangwa decision

Philip Chiyangwa

Philip Chiyangwa

ZIMBABWEANS across the football divide have come out guns blazing and are united in their condemnation of Zifa president, Philip Chiyangwa’s unilateral decision to rescind Christian Epoupa Ntouba’s red card on Monday.

Social media platforms are awash with messages of disgust at what many view as the bottom end of Chiyangwa’s reign. Many have also questioned the rationality of this and other decisions the Zifa president has made in the past and are now worried about the future of the game, if there is a future at all.

Ephraim Rocky Chawanda: I am not posting this comment of the red card withdrawal by Zifa on my football page because it’s no longer football. My opinion on this matter is that this rescinding of this red card is meant to bring chaos and disruption to the ZPSL . . . maybe some elements still aim to recreate a Super League which will be run by Zifa, whose aim would be to save the financially crippled organisation.

Sindiso Mazibisa: Zimbabwean football has gone to the dogs and the dogs don’t want it.

Tendai Biti: What do yuh expect from a captured charlatan whose medulla is located in his large intestine.

Mike Madoda: Just when u thought Zimbabwean football couldn’t sink any lower . . . that’s what happens when the game has been hijacked by politicians
Mzwiwane Morgen Mhlope: I always pray and wish that soccer unites us. But the reality stares us in our faces, we are invoked and provoked by unfair and selfish individuals, who continuously urinate at our love for soccer with bad administration and decision making. They are trying hard to plant hatred, eish.

Trying very hard not to be angry.

Dalubuhle: Total rubbish!!!

Khulu: This scenario will have far reaching consequences, the league will be decided in the boardroom as teams in the race will take to PSL for use of a suspended player as this decision is surely going to be contested, Dynamos are better advised to ignore this shocker and avoid using the player if they are professional, the Minister responsible simply has to intervene as was the case with Cuthbert. Who said the referee’s decision is final? Our soccer gone to the dogs. Pamberi ne command soccer, pasi ne my game is fair.

Ezra Tshisa Sibanda: Football Scandal of the highest magnitude, Zifa paralysed by vested interests in rescinding headbutt offence by DeMbare player. Shocking, embarrassing and absolutely pathetic for Chiyangwa to do such a thing especially 24 hours after the game. Even in professional league like the English Premier league, it has never happened that a decision is made within 24 hours after the game. FA and referees don’t sit and make a decision about a game played previous day. This is no longer football, it’s now clear, it’s a football war.

This is no longer in the spirit of football but it’s in the spirit of chaos and hate. Chiyangwa’s decision is reckless and endangering the beautiful game big time. It’s very clear now that Zifa decision making structures are arcane and convulated, they lack clarity about the role and purpose of those structures.

Zero consistency, zero leadership & zero organisational skills when it comes to domestic football. Zifa didn’t act on the referee of the abandoned game between same teams Highlanders and Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium.

So many games have been affected by the association’s shambolic referees. The clueless creatures masquerading as referees taking charge of our games in Zim continue to destroy our football and these clowns at Zifa never act. The referee’s report hasn’t even reached PSL offices and Chiyangwa just acts and makes a decision which surprised Dynamos Club, the player concerned and DeMbare fans. The world is shocked Chiyangwa!

Why act on Dynamos only, just because it’s your team PC? You have done well with national teams and now you come and make lame decisions about domestic football. Don’t bring mess to football, DeMbare is your love but be professional and run the game the way it should. Don’t abuse your authority and make misinformed decisions just to show off your power. Your Zifa should now act on all other previous games your referees messed up. Also order a replay of Bosso-DeMbare game which was abandoned to show you are a fair leader.

The effect of this decision by Zifa is compounded by the stakeholders who collectively exhibit vested interests, intransigence and short-termism at every turn. Zifa has shown resistance and thrive on gridlock decision making ability within its leadership due to the lack of an independent, external perspective, check or balances. They are law unto themselves. Finally all premier league teams should be united and refuse to play their games till Zifa reverses this shocking decision.

Nodumo Nyathi: Did Chiyangwa and his cabal see that there was noise trouble at Rufaro? All they thought of was to make sure Epoupa plays next Dynamos game . . . Makaruse was hacked down and given yellow card instead of penalty to Bosso . . . all this Chiyangwa and cabal didn’t see and it’s not an issue only reverse Dynamos red card was the issue . . . this is all designed to push Bosso out of the PSL and have Chiyangwa forming a Zifa league . . . lapha kufuna amadoda sibili . . . am willing to sacrifice all I have for Highlanders FC right now…

Francis Mukora: He (referee) made three potentially game changing decisions . . . 1. An offside Dynamos goal which should not have stood. 2. A slap on the Dynamos player which could potentially have been a sent off and 3. A blatant penalty and yellow card for the Dynamos defender which I don’t understand why it ended up with a yellow card for the Bosso player who was fouled. But all these pale into insignificance compared to what Chiyangwa and company did. Honestly firstly how do you rescind the sending off for a clear headbutt and secondly who appealed and thirdly, the speed with which the issue was handled lol, less than 24hrs… even the most advanced European governing bodies are not that efficient…. and let’s not forget the Mushure foul that was awarded a freekick that led to Dynamos second goal against Caps a week earlier. Surely they should just give the trophy to Dynamos.

Charles Mushinga: Let’s popularise this hashtag guys, ma DeMbare ese, let’s show Chiyangwa we don’t need bias to win the league title – #NyikaYeseIrikunyara <> LETS MAKE THIS OUR STATUS, #NyikaYeseIrikunyara

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  • The watcher

    This is embarrassing. Zim football has gone to the dogs. This is not the 1st match to have bad officciating. Y is Chiyangwa intervening in this one. It’s no secret that dembare is his favorite team bt this is un called for. Kambe sizobayini kulele madoda. Sizobayini

    • peace maker

      My honest feeling is that people of this region must just form their own league and leave Chiyangwa & Mubaiwa to do their antics alone. If all upright soccer lovers are against this, let’s show by not going to the stadiums in the next two games involving Dynamos, if Mubaiwa and company insist on fielding the suspended player.

      • The watcher

        I truly concure Peacemaker

  • mshaya’azeafe

    Do you remember how siyangwa reacted when his team was clobbered by bosso last time. Dembare has never won the league games in a fair manner. All the games that they have played have been warn dubiously. If one could ask, what is making them fail to make a decison on the game bwteen dembare and chapungu that was played months ago, yet they will want to make a decision so immature on bosso game.

  • Gxabhashe

    If i was Mutasa i would not field the guy in a spirit of fairplay because em sure laye as a player he wouldnt do that ,but anyways vele bayasizonda…..

  • Willy

    Dichiyangwa FC has already won the league. Laye uref wayezamani esekela a clear penault mnxxx let’s form our league southern region sitshiyabe lokungabantu okungalamakhanda lokhu. Manje you will not go anywhere in Africa hahaha. Sponsors shy away please.


    lifakelani amashona kufootball leadership,just remove them you will see things flowing
    like wise.kupolitic bayabhotshela,kufootball bayakakela,everywere lapho abakhona kuyanuka phu.emakhampanini bayantshontsha,esipoliseni bayantshontsha,ezikolo lapho okuleshona ukona kuphela.

    • Max Chiks

      I hope Ngwenyas are Ndebeles! …. and by the way I wonder why the ‘Ndebele’ club is always hiring Shona players ……. {glass house resident}

      • Jofa

        Memory Mucherahowa a Dynamo’s stalwart has condemned this move. So for me with the amount of Dynamos supporters that have also said this was not right I don’t see why I should worry about a few bigots that come on this Platform.

      • Neutraliser

        Dont matter what the Ngwenyas are you tribalist. The Ndebeles hire based on merit not tribe u saskwatch.

  • Nkunzemnyama

    zifa is just an extension of zanu. The grand plan of 1979 at its best !!!!!

    • sigadula

      Wena, uyitshaye ekhaleni. Liqiniso elingaqungwanga. Ngumdidi lokhu okukaChiyangwa.

  • True Makepekepe

    Chiyangwa is an idiot who happened to stumble on some few dollars. He thinks he can go around and sh*tting on everybody. The catch is in the statement, “..we are not giving any further comments” to the reversal decision! They or he did not have the reasons to back his ‘red card’ reversal. Period.

    The ZIFA Councillors who were ‘allegedly bribed’ by this idiot should take responsibility of what is happening to our soccer now! It’s good that the trouble happened in the same season that Bosso were punished for allegedly ‘violent conduct’. Did the world not see the ‘ZLG, Vivon etc’ water bottles that were flying from the vietnam stand into the field of play. Balls were being thrown into the field of play each time Dynamos were on the back foot! Chiyangwa saw all of that…but he rushes to “consult extensively with other stakeholders” to rescind the red carded.

    The biggest mistake was to have him in the referee committee! Cmmon mheni, I have no problem with Dynamos winning the cup but I have a problem when they have an unfair advantage over the other 17 clubs. If the referee was that badly, why not just suspend him and let his decisions stand!

    CAPS should also appeal against the Jangano red card that was issued when we played Rhinos and the ref was pathetic. CAPS should then demand that the matches they played without Jangano should be replayed (includes the 2-0 loss to Dynamos). Stupid and idiotic Chiyangwa has set a precedent that a red card flashed by a referee who will have been considered to have failed should be rescinded.

  • Bosso4Life (the actual deal)

    Highlanders FC have plenty visual evidence at their disposal which include the head-butting incident and indeed, the whole Super Sport footage of the game in question. The club must use these instruments in order to build and strengthen their case.

  • True Makepekepe

    Team Manager Chihoro said (yesterday) that they did not appeal against the red card. This Marechera appeal thing is a cover up. Nxaaaaaaa. It’s only that there are rules and regulations that guide on who makes up the PSL. I tell you if there was one moment when the rules and regulations are waived and teams are allowed to choose teams they want to have in their League…Dynamos would surely be in a League of their own! Its not a Bosso thing only…this thing has been systematic and ongoing for sometime. It’s only that some club just do not make noise and they choose not to ruffle feathers! CAPS can argue that had they be given the Zhuwawu penalty when the scoreline was 1-0 in favour of Dynamos, the complexion of the game could have changed! Before we had enough time to swallow that, Mushure is cleanly tackled by Moses Muchenje but the ref awards a free kick to Dynamos and a yellow to Muchenje. What happened next is known by all and sundry!

  • Yizo-yizo

    This is quite embarrassing for a Zifa Chairman to take sides in such a manner. FIFA is watching this whole fiasco with keen interest. We might have the door closed on us permanently this time until we put our act in place.

    • musa

      really? chiyangwa’s decision is shocking but to say FIFA is watching with keen interest is stretching things too far

  • ndabezitha

    Who said tribalism is not there in Zimbabwe? Amashona!!!!!!!!!

  • Gamba

    There is no tribalism here. This man is purely an biased idiot. He never played professionzl football. He Got the position because ZIFA was so broke that they thought Chiyangwa was going to inject cash into football. Instead he has injected ignorence and greed. He must resign. Chi ZANU hachishande pabhora.

  • The Observer

    This is an unfortunate incident in the Zimbabwean soccer, its all about soccer assassination, premised on tribalism