Zvishavane Bulls face expulsion from rugby league

Local National Rugby League outfit, Zvishavane Bulls, face expulsion from the topflight sport for failing to field enough players in two consecutive fixtures.

The side, whose future will be decided by a disciplinary process, were promoted into the NRL last year after they finished the 2013 season on the summit of the Midlands-Matabeleland league.

They had pulled through Controversy soon followed and at one time their match against Gweru Sports Club degenerated into a fist-fight between the two sides’ fans.

Noddy Kanyangarara, the NRL chairperson, said the disciplinary hearing, initially supposed to be held last week, had to be moved to a later date because the club’s officials complained of late notification for the exercise.

He expressed concern that the league had incurred unnecessary costs in footing travelling expenses for the clubs’ opponents in the league games and had also paid the match officials that were supposed to handle those games.

“The impression we got is that the Bulls were not taking us seriously and we want justice to prevail so that our image is also not comprised,” he said.

Last year, the Bulls performed well, but problems started after they lost one of their key members, Slimfield Moyo, in a car accident while he was traveling for the team’s training session towards end of that season. The absence of another key official, Larry Chikukura who is in India furthering his studies, has also impacted negatively on the team as there now seem to be a dearth of people with passion for the game in their camp.

This season the Bulls have lost all the nine matches they have played with heavy margins, the last being a 3-119 drubbing they got from defending champions Old Hararians in their own backyard three weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Kanyangarara revealed the NRL was still struggling to get another sponsor to take over from Delta Beverages, who bankrolled the action in the past three seasons through their Lion Lager brand. He however, expressed optimism in the efforts they were making to find a new sponsor.

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