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Mutasa’s moral high ground…. Ntouba to miss Harare derby

By Blessing Malinganiza

Barring politics, Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa will NOT field Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa Ntouba in the Harare derby against CAPS United following his red card on Sunday.

Dynamos striker Christian Epoupa Ntouba getting his marching orders from referee Arnold Ncube
Dynamos striker Christian Epoupa Ntouba getting his marching orders from referee Arnold Ncube

Ntouba was red carded in the 1-1 draw with Highlanders at Rufaro and is supposed to serve a two-match suspension.

However, Zifa on Monday released a statement nullifying the ban. Yesterday the Premier Soccer League seemed to overturn that decision on the basis that Dynamos did not follow proper procedures for appeal. But with Zifa being the authority in local football, they will win the politics at the end of the day and further plunge the top flight league into turmoil.

It has since emerged that Mutasa believes the Ntouba saga is not necessary in a campaign they have worked so hard to be in the title race despite the many challenges they have faced from lack of quality players to financial woes.

And to have such a campaign overshadowed by the Ntouba red card drama is something Mutasa and his colleagues on the technical bench are not comfortable with.

Mutasa himself conceded that Ntouba lost it by retaliating against the numerous fouls on him by Highlanders and the head but is too serious a football offence to even think of lodging a protest against his dismissal.

And to keep the Dynamos campaign clean, Mutasa will NOT field Ntouba for two games even if the Zifa decision makes him eligible to feature, starting this Sunday against CAPS United at Rufaro. The match comes two weeks after his brace secured a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture at the National Sports Stadium.

Yesterday PSL said Dynamos had also not written to them to protest in accordance with order 30 of the PSL constitution. DeMbare wrote directly to Zifa.

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

PSL said they only received an official report from the referee Arnold Ncube.

Mutasa’s charges, who will be suffering from suspensions, could welcome back defenders Marshal Machazane and Obey Mwerahari.

Machazane is optimistic ahead Sundays return leg against CAPS United at Rufaro Stadium.

“We are well prepared, you don’t have to be told how prepared we are because it’s one of the most important matches.

“The team is prepared but you know how it is with games. Each game is different because there are different challenges. Take for instance the Highlanders game we wanted to win but things didn’t go as planned.

“We just needed to be consistent in every game and taking each game as it comes because there is Chicken Inn, Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum who are in the race with us,” he said.

He added that he is now fully recovered.

“Coming from an injury, I am now 100 percent fit and I am looking forward to play and hope that I play on Sunday since I did not play in the first leg.

“I need to make sure that I do my part well in the team in making sure that I deliver,” he said.

He added: “From the first league I learnt that when you create chances you have to utilise them so that you won’t regret.

“I also learned that one must be fully focused and avoid any mistakes that will cost the team so that you can win the game,” says Machazane. H Metro

  • Dembare yongohwina zvekedero

  • Dembare yongohwina zvekedero

  • That”s being professional you don’t need politicians to influence an outcome

  • That”s being professional you don’t need politicians to influence an outcome

  • Ndovanhu vanhu vanoziva bhora ava. Fidza uriko hereeeee? Apa handna cash. Ndne plastic money

  • Ndovanhu vanhu vanoziva bhora ava. Fidza uriko hereeeee? Apa handna cash. Ndne plastic money

  • even nyangwe aripo @christian this tyme magara muchigorara chte ne Green Machine

    • Tibvire kuti munotamba rinoshamisha here. Caps 0-2 Dynamos wakanganwa kare. Mukarohwa svondo rose muri mutsime no kubuda panze. Tarisa pamuri first zvoratidza zvoga hapana zvozikanwa apo. Dembare unoiita Tsholotsho nhai asi makaikoniwa futi

  • even nyangwe aripo @christian this tyme magara muchigorara chte ne Green Machine

    • Tibvire kuti munotamba rinoshamisha here. Caps 0-2 Dynamos wakanganwa kare. Mukarohwa svondo rose muri mutsime no kubuda panze. Tarisa pamuri first zvoratidza zvoga hapana zvozikanwa apo. Dembare unoiita Tsholotsho nhai asi makaikoniwa futi

    • ko re kupusa rinotambwa nemuromo hanzi takangwara

    • @petros kna zve bhora zvichikunetsa siyana nazvo utiudzewo nezve netball ndokubasa kwako zve soccer siyana nazvo

  • why not fielding your ipopa ?remember that is a Chiyangwa Fc kaa

  • why not fielding your ipopa ?remember that is a Chiyangwa Fc kaa

  • thats being gentleman enough and knowing e rules as a former player yourself

  • thats being gentleman enough and knowing e rules as a former player yourself

  • inongova jemanewadya ref akatobhadharwa kare

  • inongova jemanewadya ref akatobhadharwa kare

  • Madzetse kunyepera kuti red card ivo vachitya Nyaka nyaka kkkkk zvakaoma . Manje tiri kukurovai makatemba .kkkkkk

  • Madzetse kunyepera kuti red card ivo vachitya Nyaka nyaka kkkkk zvakaoma . Manje tiri kukurovai makatemba .kkkkkk

  • That’s being professional big up Mutasa

  • Ndookuti bhora Lodza better team irohwe zvisina controversy

  • Thanks Mtasa

  • dont play him fo 3 games

  • He knows e rules of e game

  • Yes mutasa waratidza kuziva zvaunoita wakadaro

  • Thanks Lodza!Waita muprovhovho chaiye kwete kutevedzera madofo ebhora arikutonga ayo

  • thanks Mutasa for bringing stotalanity to the game,lam a kepekepe fan but isalute you Chiyangwa akaita bhora rekunyukira mumakumbo kunge shuro.haasi webhora uyu.

  • Caps united fans vafara zvisingaite becz murume wacho akavapinza chando kuchipisa.

  • WISE Mutasa!!!

  • This is football sanity. If Mutasa goes ahead with this decision he will go into history books as a legend.

  • Really there is no substitution to professionalism and honesty this is a sound thinking from Mutata.

  • But each team will stand on its on. Some will still face relegation. Better start working towards your own team.

  • lot chitakasha

    Wow..respect for Mutasa , hope there will be no pressure from the godfather.

  • More egg on the face for Chiyangwa,, this is a very wise move for Lloyd, Chiyangwa wanted to get some credit when Dynamos wins the league, big up to Mutusa for seeing this chicanery,, do your thing alone with your players!!!!

  • Tikarohwa Chete basa rake rapera

  • I dont think its necessary to tell us nxaa. The damage has already been done.. to field him or not zvavakwamuri coach..

    • to my understanding he is showing solidarity with the offiials….he is actually showing his side of the story…the damage being done but he is repairing the damage

  • if Dmbare is beaten then Mutasa yu will give us our 3points

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

    • So insults can cause a swollen face,we learn new things everyday.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ntoupa has a swollen face due to insults he faced on sunday. Red or no red he was not going to play. Mubaiwa had already hinted about this in his press statement. It seems like every team especially DZETSE are afraid of this cameroonian. Manje best result ye dzetse i draw ndakudzai.

  • Ma referee ndiwo ari kuuraya bhora muno muZimbabwe….

  • I appreciate…if he sticks w this for the next 2games he z noble indeed

  • THANK U SIR ISU MADEEEEEMBAAAAREEEE ATITYE

  • Mubaiwa can do anything to save chiyangwa,coz chiyangwa suspended someone in zifa or psl committee to pave way for mubaiwa asina kana kumbo nominatwa ,they know what they re doing

  • He is there only to protect dynamos,now hez bizzy kuti we will go after the ref nd we will go after the bosso player,why cant he go for a bosso penalty?ncd yellow card that was wrongly given to a bosso player?

  • I hv always said this, lodza mutasa is a true professional, why? Even when he is coaching other clubs anorova dembare, yes that act chete earned him respect from me, unlike other dembare sons like moses chunga, who throw matches to give dembare leverage against other title contenders,,,kudos samaita,,,,u will be rewarded come season end by FIFA for fair play!

  • Thanks coach. As for Chiyangwa tsek.

  • mwana wacho

    Comment from one who was once a player and knows football rules. He is admitting that the player was provoked which is common in all sports. Retaliation is not allowed for what ever circumstances. He must report to the referee for whatever provocation full stop.