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By Ricky Zililo

Highlanders have written to the Premier Soccer League demanding to be awarded their penalty appeal from their Castle Lager Premiership fixture against Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium last Sunday.

In accordance to Section of the PSL’s Rules and Regulations, the complaint was addressed to PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele by Highlanders’ head of secretariat Nhlanhla Dube “registering an official complaint regarding the conduct of match referee, Arnold Ncube and his assistants”.

Highlanders’ complaint appears to have been triggered by a shocking decision by Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa who seems to have made a “solo” ruling as he overturned a red card shown to Dynamos striker, Christian Epoupa Ntouba in the Sunday clash.

In a statement issued on Monday, Chiyangwa claimed to have agreed with members of the Zimbabwe Referees’ Committee (ZRC) and faceless “several important football stakeholders” to nullify Epoupa’s red card.

The unprecedented ruling prompted the Bulawayo giants to appeal to the PSL stating their own grievances concerning match officiating during the tie.

“We are fully cognisant of the decision by the Zifa referees’ committee to set aside the red card shown to Dynamos’ Christian Epoupa Ntouba during the game in question and note the expedient consideration applied in this instance,” wrote Dube.

Dated 12 September, 2017, the letter makes a list of demands top of which is a penalty appeal that was not given by referee Ncube, but earned Godfrey Makaruse a yellow card.

Highlanders highlighted that they are prepared to travel to Harare just to take the penalty kick.

They pleaded to the powers to “expeditiously” consider their complaint and review.

“Award our team a penalty for the incident against Godfrey Makaruse, which penalty we will be willing to travel to Harare and take,” Highlanders wrote.

In their letter, Highlanders suggested that Dynamos’ goal by Epoupa scored from “an offside position” be scrapped.

Highlanders challenged the authorities to caution Dynamos’ technical bench who they accused of interfering with their play by twice throwing the ball into the field when Bosso approached DeMbare’s box.

They also want Masvingo-based referee Ncube and his assistants reprimanded and suspended from taking charge of PSL games for the rest of the season.

In conclusion, Highlanders said: “Finally confirm the obvious conclusion that our club is therefore the winner of the said match.”

Meanwhile, the PSL technically rendered invalid the move by Zifa to nullify Epoupa’s red card saying the referee’s decision is final.

The PSL issued a statement saying they had not received a protest letter from Dynamos or communication from Zifa regarding the expulsion of Epoupa and were only in possession of the referee’s report from the referee.

“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 US$1 000 (One thousand dollars) is lodged with the General Secretariat of the League within 48 hours (forty eight) 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,” wrote PSL.

However, Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa who is also a member of the PSL Emergency Committee told our Harare Bureau that they welcomed Zifa’s decision to nullify Epoupa’s red card.

Mubaiwa said they were unapologetic after their appeal, in which they were complaining about the physical harassment they said their player was subjected to the whole afternoon by Bosso players had borne a positive output.

He added that they were ready to field the player amid concerns from supporters including their own DeMbare fans and other football stakeholders who felt that the move was tantamount to favouring the Glamour Boys.

“When we appealed, we were complaining that our player was subjected to attacks from Highlanders players, who were hitting him from the onset of the game but the referee did nothing. That was our query, before we can even look at the red card.

“He is our player, we signed him to play football and we want him to play at any given time,” he said.

Mubaiwa said they are unfazed by people’s comments around the matter.

“People will always talk and talk is cheap. Remember, we always see things differently, if you ask a person the colour of the sky, he will tell you it’s white but if you ask another one he will say the sky is blue, yet it is the same sky they are talking about.

“So if people don’t want Dynamos, they are bound to say negative things. We are playing good football, so we don’t need favours from anyone. But we also want fair play and protection from referees. Rules should protect everyone not to be one sided.

“I am surprised because everyone agrees that there was bad officiating on the day. As Dynamos we only lodged a complaint, stated what transpired as well as our grievances because we know our rights.

“Zifa are there as the mediator and what they do as a result of our complaint it is not our problem. It is not about seeking a favour, we just want fair play. That’s what we want.”

Mubaiwa said it appears no one cares about the ordeal which Ntouba went through at Rufaro.

“Right now, he has a swollen face resulting from that strong smash. But no one is talking about that,” he said.

DeMbare coach, Lloyd Mutasa said:

“It is better for the club’s administrators to comment. But what I can only say is, if my players are eligible, they just compete as the norm that is, they first train and if we are satisfied then they play.” The Chronicle

  • Kikikiki is it possible?

  • Asi Zifa ngaisadaro kuda kuti Dembare itore chete

    • Iwe paimbotadza kutora dembare pese Zifa yanga isipo here ,musangohumane zvisina basa mhani bvvumai kuti wapfana wari kugona bhora

    • unorotomoka iwe torai musina backing neZifa …wy all these stupid favors…luk Caps utd last year ey tuk it nice n clean imi chionai zvamaitirwa…makapihwa mapoints ekubirira paHighlanders..mukanzi red yabiswa…apo makaita hondo nehighlanders..highlanders haina kudzoserwa mapoints

    • Tisu takati imbwa dzeHighlanders dzikande matombo muground here? Waida kuti bhora rienderere mberi whilst maplayers were under attack from the stupid bosso fans here? We all know kuti home team has to pay kana pakaitika match abandonment due to crowd trouble, unless kana usingazive hako bhora. Caps had controversial decisions awarded to them last season too, hauzive zvaunotaura iwe.bhora ragara riine controversy tarisa kana kuEngland udzidze

    • Is it a red card or not? The difference ne england kauna ma politicians who chair the referees commitee, and hakuna bias. The law is the law

  • Day dreaming it is applying for more sanctions from Zifa board mark my words

  • I don’t support either Highlanders or Dynamos, I just want to say to Highlanders must just keep quiet and concertrate ne next game ravo. It will never win. This started long back, remember at onetime Misheck(Marimo) Chidzambwa’s red card was once rescinded. Vanhu vakapopota but nothing changed. At times i blame Bulawayo teams ,their administration and supportes. Including the defunct teams sana Saints, Supersonic, etc. Given a chance to second your guys into administration, you pull each other down instead of supporting each other

    • We need a player to ZIFA chairman not a politician he failed Ku ZANU uku and was suspended for selling information we know him of his shady deals how he killed byo companies .he wasnt to do the same in football

    • Well said Kabelo Ndlovu. Also look how Gumede as the Secretary at Zifa those days, he would be sometimes get overiden by The likes of Mhurushomana. He would complain, but none from Bulawayo teams would support him. The likes of Roy Barreto ,Homela at National level would sometimes be given by Zifa but getting no support from Bulawayo thus Zifa knows they can do anything negative to Southern region teams and administrators in perpetuity

  • Really??? They paid the $1000 appeal fee for that??? Where on earth did they see that happening??

    • They wrote to the Secretariat, not Mubaiwa, The $1000 is fully refundable if the appeal is deemed frivolous,of no consequence, as is the case with the Bosso appeal. I believe its a protest letter, merely designed to confuse and complicate the whole fiasco, as psl and zifa will be forced to respond to BOSSO. I quite understand it. Its sensible ridiculousness, to deal with capt fiasco. Bosso will get their money back. The money is forfeited only if there is a case to deal with

  • Kkk sanga ndisingaoni zvibhora zvepa Zimbabwe huwori too much . …..akuna munhu anopiw red card ozonzi ayisi iyo Chiyangwa apa ataridza kut ndewe Dembare

  • Ref haapikiswe garai pasi uko, kumeso

  • Ya politics tell Bob that we are not going to attend his rally until u where given that penalty kkkkkkk

  • When is the penalty going to be taken? Asking for the impossibility and what is it that they expect from the outcome?

  • chiyangwa is not right HAnzii not red card chii

  • Zifa presedent is overriding refrees and is killing the game of soccer.

  • am a supporter for dembare I red card

  • “Highlanders have been awarded their penalty shot so the teams will meet at rufaro stadium on sunday. Gate charges $10. ” this is zimbabwe guys

  • ngavarope ka pena yavo


  • ZIM soccer is Political that’s Y are favour European teams only,and My National team.

  • Kutambisa nguva yavo havalume PSL itori Dynamos pachayo

  • Vakaipiwa vobva atadza kugowesa chii chavenge vaita ngavatinyararire uko

  • Chiyangwa thought kuZiFa kune Mari manje kutorine zvikwereti, ndosaka vanaDube vaiba Mari.

  • Highlanders should stop following lunatics becoz at the end of the day pple won’t differentiate us from Dembare. We went to Harare expecting that so let’s forget about this nonsense and move on

  • Kkkkkkk bayanai

  • I dont just understand where this football is hearding towards…People made mistake first by voting for a loser in politics (infact it was vote buying) into football fratenity…We should have voted for someone who once played football at least…This power hungry dude is just a person who wants ego but with no brains dzeBhora..

  • vaita kafungiri ka lobengula chaiko

  • Ndinovemba kuti vose vari kuti anga asinga faniri kupihwa red card muri madofo manzwa majaira kutambirwa bhora nema ref dzokerai kuchikoro

    • ko zvakaitwa naBenson phiri hanti lred card iroro.

    • ko imi kangani muchida kutambirwa bhora nema ref nyarai zvimwe paya highlander yakaita noise mukapiwa 3points dzenyu nhasi zviri kwamuri makupopota nyarai kani

  • I am a staunch supporter were mbare, but this thing of rescinding a red card is ridiculous. Don’t kill this most beautiful game Mr APO HAUNA CASH

  • Childish act wer hv they seen a penalty being appealed after the game is finished. So they want us to go rufaro n they take their penalty…. Waste of money n time…

    • Money is refundable, read between the lines, you maybe the one who is childish, this a protest to expose chiyangwa’s biase. Why do take things at face value

  • Politics and footbal James Takavada and Benjani wer afta that job then u guys voted for a politician and u guys u opted forca politician

  • No longer football now

  • Kushaya basa uku

  • Zidane style

  • Dynamos have written to the premier soccer league demanding Highlanders to bring back Taribo west who they killed

  • Iphiwimali inja!

  • Highlanders are right coz precedent has been set by the soccer rules clueless Chiyangwa.

  • and Muduhwa must be given a red card as welll he was full of nonsense that day

  • Look now !!!!!!!!

  • Iye nhanha Muduwa kudenha mkoma haaa. Kinditswa une dzungu rembanje