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‘Referee’s decision was final’: Bosso ready to defend players against retrospective action

By Ricky Zililo

HIGHLANDERS said they will defend their players against any retrospective action threatened by Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa for allegedly bullying Dynamos striker, Christian Epoupa Ntouba.

Highlanders Football Club vice chair Modern Ngwenya with CEO Nhlanhla Dube
Highlanders Football Club vice chair Modern Ngwenya with CEO Nhlanhla Dube

Chiyangwa raised eyebrows on Monday after announcing that Zifa had rescinded Ntouba’s straight red card without following due process.

Ntouba was sent off for head butting Bosso defender Peter Muduhwa in an explosive Castle Lager Premiership game at Rufaro Stadium.

Speaking at the club’s weekly press briefing yesterday, Highlanders’ chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube and head coach, Erol Akbay, said that Chiyangwa was offside.

Highlanders wrote to the Premier Soccer League on Tuesday mocking Chiyangwa’s decision and demanded to be awarded a penalty they were denied by Masvingo-based referee, Arnold Ncube, when striker Godfrey Makaruse was felled in the box in the 52nd minute.

“We haven’t received any official communication from Zifa about a replay or action on our players. In as far as we know, the game ended and as Highlanders, we are not in the habit of playing replays because we know that a referee’s decision is final.

“The letter we wrote to Zifa was a satire and it’s self-explanatory. We were just highlighting the anomaly in the decision made to rescind the red card. We understand the rules and laws of the game that a referee’s decision is final. What we simply did was lift a mirror to reflect this ridiculous decision (rescinding of the red card) and we also raised equally ridiculous suggestions,” said Dube.

“It was all a satire because we know that complaints are raised through the right channels. We’re a competitive side and have never been cry babies. We know errors are made in football and whenever we raise issues, it will be for purposes of the good of the game,” he said.

Akbay weighed in saying he was shocked by Chiyangwa’s decision and praised Muduhwa for doing a great job of keeping Epoupa under lock and key.

“I was shocked to hear people trying to fault my players after the big game. Nobody can touch my boys because they didn’t do anything wrong. My player (Muduhwa) did a very good job. I was an attacking player and I spent lots of time with defenders. What I know is that a defender will do everything to make sure that a striker loses concentration and my player was a step ahead of their player (Epoupa),” said Akbay.

Meanwhile, the PSL has technically rendered invalid Chiyangwa’s nullification of Ntouba’s red card, saying the referee’s decision is final.

In a statement, the PSL said they had not received a protest letter from Dynamos or communication from Zifa regarding the expulsion of Ntouba and were only in possession of the referee’s report.

This means Ntouba is ineligible to play in Sunday’s rearranged match against Caps United.

The other players set to miss Sunday’s encounter include Dynamos’ duo of defender Lincoln Zvasiya and midfielder Ticahaona Chipunza as well as Caps United’s Valentine Musarurwa, who are suspended after accumulating three yellow cards each. The Chronicle

  • Thanks guys lets protect them

  • Poor from Highlanders..

    • wat are u saying u stupid fool….

    • You don’t support bad behavior. Zifa is wrong in rescinding the red card and that is wrong from me but in football retrospective action is normal if the red did not see certain incidence. If there is video evidence like we have seen ..Highlanders should reprimand their players for that.

    • I have watched that game twice, lm so disappointed by Chiyangwa’s threats to Muduhwa, the guy played excellent football, no illegal tackles if anything Christian is the one who was faking fouls, Muduhwa played clean throughout the game, even commentators, were praising him. Benson Phiri maybe!!!

    • Buyiselani Ngwenya a think Chiyangwa is a Dienamos fan,that Muduwa guy played very very well.

    • Muduwa is the best defender in the country, love it or hate it. Dynamos expected Epoupa to tear the young guy apart by dribbling past him but Muduwa showed him what a quality defender he is.

    • Bumbulu not on Top .

    • Buyiselani Ngwenya Peter Muduhwa was supposed to be given a red card frm the first place if yu chec very well the video clips the whole match he was playing dirty tactics to EPOUPA

  • Highlanders ,a team of hooligans

  • Chiyangwa nedembare chitororo too much tambai mega madembare

  • lets preach fair play. I DONT support what NTOUPA did but to a certain extend BOSSO Players were very violent in the field. Everytime they fail they will blame DYNAMOS. STOP provoking others in that way. They are many way of provoking your opponent but not the one we witnessed on sunday.

    • You left out another unfair practice;throwing extra balls onto the pitch everytime the opponent is attacking

    • @ marcus .bosso was suppose to complain not to wait for out come of dembare case

    • Bosso haisi yebhora iyo.

    • Bosso players are rascals.

    • IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR COACH TO STUDY AND ADVISE THE PLAYER INSTEAD OF HIM HEAD BUTTING IN RETALIATION AND GET A RED CARD IN THE PROCESS. YOU SWITCH PLAYER POSITIONS ETC. DO NOT WAIT FOR FANS TO FIGHT FROM TERRACES. THAT IS THE REASON WE FAIL AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. WE ARE SUBJECTED TO MOST INHUMAN TREATMENTS BOTH IN GROUND AND OFF FIELD. WE COME BACK CRYING BUT NO HELP THEREAFTER PLAYERS SHOULD BE STRONG AND CAPTAIN SHOULD READ THE MATCH AS WELL AND ADVISE THE COACH. MY PERSONAL OBSERVATION.

    • throwing the balls in the grounda was a result of poor officiating. However iam against the act. Its not good at all. I dont blame the coach on headbutt. I beleave the coaches always preach abt this at traning only that the player failed to control his emotions. For almost 90 minutes he was recieveing bad treatment but no action was taken by the ref. Sometimes when no action taken you end up thinking the ref allow sucq thinks.

    • @Prosper banda which case becoz dembare never open a complain thats y the redcard stands bcz thy dnt open a case bt chiyangwa just gave his judge without any complain from dembare

    • @Prosper banda which case becoz dembare never open a complain thats y the redcard stands bcz thy dnt open a case bt chiyangwa just gave his judge without any complain from dembare

    • @Prosper banda which case becoz dembare never open a complain thats y the redcard stands bcz thy dnt open a case bt chiyangwa just gave his judge without any complain from dembare

    • The ref s decision cannot be contested according to pls rules released this week unless if it has become bush soccer

    • @ Chris, i think it can be contested especially if it is picked that the ref in question is a moron or incompetent like this ref. When he leaves barbarians like Mudhuwa to torment peace loving players like Christian, what does that mean. Refs act as if They are not answerable to any one. They should learn from this ruling.

    • ref’s decision can be contested.

  • What has Chiyangwa said about throwing in of the balls when we were attacking????? Nothing!!!!

  • The referees’ decisions are final. Let’s condemn all negative practices on the pitch i.e. throwing extra balls, ignoring penalties, punching/slapping/head butting of other players, pulling /pushing of opponents. Thus fair play

  • That’s Y a don’t favour any team in Zim.Zim soccer is under Politics.

  • Shuwa ref’s decision is final i agree. But management yebosso yawana timeline, nw they can forget abt their poor form and celebrate the dembare draw and red card;and go to town abt how bad and politicised ZIFA is

  • Chozikanwa hapana,Muduwa wenyu ndewe karati here,manje kamba yakasangana neane demo,viva Epoupa

  • thats not surprising coming from leaders of a barbaric ensemble.. whats there to defend. you should rather teach yours to play professional football. Bosso is historically known to breed dangerous players bent on cutting short careers of other players. some of those come to mind include Gift Lunga and Melusi.. Even their fans are equally barbaric. It runs in their savara blood…..

    • And you forget a player called Chamu Musanu. Gift and Melusi never finished off anyone’s playing career. They were just hard tackling defenders. And what about the missiles thrown into the pitch by dembare fans? You just choose to ignore that because its your team. Your dembare assaulted Nation Dube from Hwange. You had running battles with cops after Platinum beat you at the NSS last season. So dembare doesnt have violent fans?

    • Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones and we can also see the log in your eye while you are showing us the small speck in our eye.

    • Chamu Musanhu was not a rough player and you know it. Missiles thrown was a reaction to the raw deal that the team was getting from the Ref who had forgotten ghat it wasnt a Kung-fu contest but a soccer match. Gift and Melusi broke so many legs on the pitch. The fans killed Taribho. So this violence culture is deep rooted in the bone.

    • The running battle was not directed to opposition if your memory is still intact.

    • Collin are u supporting this ChiyAngwa-Zanu madness??? You are shameless. Nothing to defend there, we not talking about Highlanders players behaviour here or their supporters, we talking about the favouritism of ChiyAngwa. The incompetency and ill-advised stupidity of the ZanuPf cartoon who also happens to be a Dynamos fan cum Zifa chairman

    • And what about assaulting the Hwange coach Nation before the match began? You are not a soccer fan but just a dembare fan who sees nothing wrong about his team. A bosso fan was also stabbed to death by dembare fans. Violence before, during or after a match should be condemned with vigour. You call yourself a God fearing man but refuse to see the truth in front of you. I am bosso through and through but dont go to the matches because of the violence which i condemn. Just because you directed your violence against your police, management and players when Platinum beat you doesnt make it right. Dembare is just as violent as bosso.

    • Adrian If you read my post there is nowhere I mentioned Chiyangwa or support his actions. My story is about a team that should teach its players to behave. Soccer is supposed to be beautiful not a karate contest.

    • So its okay just because the violence was not directed at opposition? Your thinking is extremely warped. Harming any human being is wrong baba. And for soccer at that. Honestly? How do you stand in front of people and justify that? You are a christian? You need serious deliverance.

    • Innocent dont liken Dembare fans to Bosso. Bosso are barbarians end of story.

    • Nation Dube was not assaulted but he stage maneged the whole scene. He is a clown masquareding as a soccer coach. As for that bosso fan who was stabbed, if you remember well he was actually overpowered when he himself was pursuing Dembare fans. He got the taste of his own medicine.

    • …..and you are right, I am a Dembare fan. A staunch and proud one for that and I offer no apology

    • I give up on you. You cant even respond on assaulting Nation Dube the hwange coach You are like a donkey with blinkers on. It can only see whats in front and not on the side. What a waste of time.

    • Giving up was something that you should have done a long time ago because you have no case at all.

    • What can you expect from a chiyangwa gukurahundist. Nxxxaa

    • You see thats excatly what I meant. You confuse soccer with tribalism and politics. No wonder all the time you want to settle your tribal wars through the beautiful game. Let football be. If you want to address the gukurahundi case then go to the political play field and make your case not here

    • we talking about the red card issue here…. was it a red card yes or no? No where in the world does a player get red card for violent behaviour gets rescinded because he was being harassed by opposition players…. thats part of the game. Roy Keane, Patrick Viera, Gattuso, would bully opposition players for 90min physically and verbally , its all part of the game.

    • i knew this thing will turn into tribal war, i thought this platform is for our beautiful game of soccer, let’s talk football #asifuniubumbulu

    • Adrian the issue is about the leaders saying we will defend our players. They need to be reprimanding them to play better and fair play. But from the look of things it actually was their game plan to harrass Ntouba. The ref got it all wrong by allowing it to go on without protecting the player. A leader must tell their players whats right. Look at what Lloyd Mutasa did to Epoupa. He told him that his behaviour was not acceptable and he has since apologised. It would have surprised us if he had okayed his head butting escapade. He told his player that in as much as he was harrased left right and centre, headbutting an opponent is never a good behaviour.. thats what a leader should do. Instill discipline not to defend bad behaviour.

    • Collin, please don’t go into arguments with people who support barbaric, shameless and violence. I did not support what Christian did, headbutting that fool but on second thought I think it was justified. That mudhuwa guy was on a mission to cause mayhem. All those who are in support of him are angry because the match did not degenerate into a war as bosso would have wanted so that they would have DEMBARE branded as a team of hooligans.

    • Very true. How can leaders defend anarchy?

    • Why not trying golf or table tennis

  • both highlanders player and Epoupa where supposed to gt red cards

  • That you cannot defend. Vanoziva bhora vanozviziva kuti a player can be charged in retrospect. Isu tirikuti card ngarisabviswa. Imi mototsigira kuti maplayers enyu aite musindo

  • Chiyangwa and all of you mashonas you and always be barbaric I curse vampires the only think you know best is violence

    • Lord have mercy. Forgive him please

    • makufarisa mandebele?? Hokoyo ne gukura hundi part 2

    • the opposite is true

    • We nt fear you anymore those Ndebeles that you killed are last you will never kill anyone again

    • MUKOSHO KANA KUTI MDHIDHI WAKO,,you are very stupid indeed just throw ur insult to Chiyangwa only not say the whole mashona,don’t be a barbaric its not your choice to be wat u are….nothing so special to be a shona watso ever…

    • My friend it’s not about tribalism, is about soccer.Talking about shonas is a sign of getting lost.

    • Nxaaa Ndebeles form your own league idiots

  • they must report Zifa to FIFA

  • Ngamanyala vele. I wonder what you still doing in that league. Time to consider Botswana, SA and Zambia.

    • so go and stay in those countries wat do yu want here just go and join thoz leagues

    • Proud to be destroying everything including sport? You should be ashamed.

    • Lets be realistic Madlenya Luis Cee

    • Lets be realistic Madlenya Luis Cee

    • Lets be realistic Madlenya Luis Cee

    • Ah Philip made a dubious judgement of all time Cousemore Muchena that’s the reality of the matter.

    • Ah Philip made a dubious judgement of all time Cousemore Muchena that’s the reality of the matter.

    • Ah Philip made a dubious judgement of all time Cousemore Muchena that’s the reality of the matter.

    • Yes Phillip used his usurping powers to rescind the red card but lets look at the events which led to Epoupa’s expulsion, an authoritative refereee could have avoided that by taking action against some of the Bosso players who were using dirty tactics to frustrate Ntouba. Any footballing person knows that decisions can be made in retrospect ,its only in Zim where most of the PSL matches are not recorded or televised and it becomes difficult for the referee’s committee to analyse and review them.The Bosso executive musnt condone the behaviour of its players because their comeuppance is imminent.

      As for Bosso relocating to SA,Bots or Zambia ,well , we all know that it wont happen and im suprised to see people repeatedly making that suggestion

    • Yes Phillip used his usurping powers to rescind the red card but lets look at the events which led to Epoupa’s expulsion, an authoritative refereee could have avoided that by taking action against some of the Bosso players who were using dirty tactics to frustrate Ntouba. Any footballing person knows that decisions can be made in retrospect ,its only in Zim where most of the PSL matches are not recorded or televised and it becomes difficult for the referee’s committee to analyse and review them.The Bosso executive musnt condone the behaviour of its players because their comeuppance is imminent.

      As for Bosso relocating to SA,Bots or Zambia ,well , we all know that it wont happen and im suprised to see people repeatedly making that suggestion

    • Yes Phillip used his usurping powers to rescind the red card but lets look at the events which led to Epoupa’s expulsion, an authoritative refereee could have avoided that by taking action against some of the Bosso players who were using dirty tactics to frustrate Ntouba. Any footballing person knows that decisions can be made in retrospect ,its only in Zim where most of the PSL matches are not recorded or televised and it becomes difficult for the referee’s committee to analyse and review them.The Bosso executive musnt condone the behaviour of its players because their comeuppance is imminent.

      As for Bosso relocating to SA,Bots or Zambia ,well , we all know that it wont happen and im suprised to see people repeatedly making that suggestion

    • It’s not about Bosso only. It’s about the referee. Does Philip make that decision on his capacity or an inquiry should be made by a committee set by Zifa? You may want to defend such actions but the behaviour of the man presiding over a regulatory board is incessantly reducing this sport into regionalism, a political and tribal battleground. He should have considered the impact of rescinding the red card and act professionally without responding on personal grounds. Zifa doesn’t belong to him. It’s a national board. This is not the first time to see him making dubious decisions against Bosso.

    • I do agree wth some of your views , Chiyangwa is not the right person to lead Zifa, he simply used his political connections to ascend to the Zifa Presidency .He must ensure that all complaints raised against match officials are handled by the referee’s committee without any interference.

      Any footballing person knows that rescinding of red cards and retrospect punishment is part of football but it has to be done in the right way . Otherwise the unfounded belief being held by many Bosso fans that Chiyangwa is pro Dynamos and anti Bosso is baseless and laughable. Dembare isnt benefitting anything from Chiyangwa’s adminstration.

  • Why talk as if Dembare is at war with this Bosso outfit?Obviously Bosso came to Hre with a stupid game plan,that of violent play against a player who they think caused them great anguish in the first leg at Bf.Otherwise they would have been thrashed by the same player had they left him alone.

  • I really salute the Bosso players of years ago down the line.they could play exciting football.scorings wonderful goals.accepted defeats.none violent like this present outfit.The likes of Peter Nkomo.
    Mercedes Sibanda
    Makheyi Nyathi
    Cleopas Ndlondlo
    Benjamin Nkonjera
    Willard Khumalo
    Rhaman Gumbo
    Amin SomaPhiri
    Madinda Ndlovu
    Adam Ndlovu
    Peter Ndlovu

    Just to mention but a few.l really salute these True..Bosso Ambassadors.
    If the current Bosso players can cope with that of the true Legendaries our soccer could be traced back.why fighting each other. We need DeMbare.Bosso and KepeKepe for that excitement in our league.

    Go DeMbare Go…………

    • Bro surely you remind me of those years

    • lot chitakasha

      Talking football for real..respect!

  • DYNAMOS PLAYERS DO NOT NEED PROTECTION FROM PHILLIP CHIYANGWA OR ANYONE EXCEPT THE REFEREES OF THE DAY. DYNAMOS RISK GOING EXTINCT IF THEY THINK FOOTBALL IS PLAYED IN BOARD ROOMS INSTEAD OF FOOTBALL GROUND. LOYD MUTASA SHOULD DO THE HONORABLE THING AND STOP FIELDING THE PLAYER WHO HEAD BUTTED A HIGHLANDERS PLAYER IN FULL VIEW OF EVERYONE WHO WAS WATCHING THE MATCH. PHILLIP CHIYANGWA GOT ANGRY ON BEHALF OF DYNAMOS, NO WONDER WHY THE ADMIN AT DYNAMOS WROTE HIM A COMPLAINT INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING PROTOCOL. LOCAL SOCCER STINKS. I REST MY CASE.

  • Playing soccer to provoke Will take the game to the dogs…You can’t harass other player like that in the view of the nation..That was extreme provocation ignored by the stupid ref who was quick to red card to the abused victim…shame to the rubbish soccer game justice system…A mockery to fairness…I hope I hope Chiyangwa will use his power to change the rules ku Fifa…So that blind commentary above will make sense

  • It’s like a rape victim being harassed for goring the rapist eyes

  • Footy as we know it is DEAD

    • True dude. You know I bleed blue blood. Ref didn’t do justice to a potentially explosive match. He should’ve red carded those two Highlanders defenders. Nonetheless, that Epoupa’s red card should just stand. Simples.

  • Heyi Philip has overstepped his position he must let psl deal with this issue

  • people forget about bosso were ever they go to play they cause problem so they is nothing to talk about vanhu ava havaite from the leadership up to the players check their track records violent team

  • Aaaaaa to defend what, gentlemen Highlanders bosses all what we want see is soccer in the pitch from both sides of fans, all 22 players should be protected by the referee and his assistants, if you are now here to defend hooligans players aaaaaa you are now totally dangerous , i think let’s the whole thing heard by the responsible board and those who are supposed to be penalized let it be happened don’t defending wrong doing player

  • Yah we need fare football games , Especialy the game of Dynamos and Hilenders . kupotsera mabhora mu ground dai vari veBosso vaitobhadhariswa fine it’s not good.

  • This Chiyangwa is lost…

  • This Chiyangwa is lost…

  • This Chiyangwa is lost…

  • Bosso is so so right. Chiyangwa messed up there

  • Bosso is so so right. Chiyangwa messed up there

  • Bosso is so so right. Chiyangwa messed up there

  • be-careful with these journalists chavo kudira petrol for clubs to fight unnecessarily. Intelligent people do not speak thru the media honestly.

  • I’m not a Highlander supporter but I agree with u guys,we need fair game rule.

  • Mr Ncube th match official tht dy failed to handle th match.he left tht Muduhwa guy fouling Ntouba fr many occasion.

  • ndo fair play here

  • Zimbos , from football, politics, business, unless you select qualified personnel to those sectors , our country will remain a laughing stock of others nxa

  • There is nothing wrong with Highlanders defending their players.Its not fair to abuse power and we stand up on top of our voices and support rubbish from ZIFA.Chiyangwa messed it. If he is genuine he must take action against the referee who is on the centre of all this circus.We need to be fair guys.How many free kicks did Dynamos get?They got free kicks as a result of what?Bhora is a physical game and you should stamp your authority as a player..Zvino kana tavakuti Dynamos haimakwe richiri bhora here?

  • Mark my words highlanders haisi kuzowinner anything under the current leadership becz vanofunga Hondo nedynamos and forget kuti kunemamwe 16 teams.vanhu vakatanga Kuda kuuraya dynamos ndivana Cuthbert cube ,Kenny ndebele and gumude.gift lungs jnr akatyora he many player Havana zvakamuita.Garry mashoko,choruwa and maringwa.highlander executive leaf dynamos alone and concentrate nekubuilder yo team.

  • Chiyangwa plz go back to ZANU PF and leave our beautiful sport

  • Good guys,famba nebhora Bossolona

  • AnaChiyangwa havasi vebhora they should go back to politics otherwise they are going to distroy our football.