PSL roundup

GWERU – The recent closure of Bulawayo’s ceremonial home of football – Barbourfields Stadium, for the Region V Under 20 Youth Games, which roar into life in December, should give fans a new lease on life, following the weekend disturbances.

The match between Dynamos and Highlanders – won 1-0 by the former, ended tragically for one fan.

In a sad development that should give the domestic football a bad image on the international scene, police had to engage in running battles with fans. The despicable chapter, begun during the match, when missiles that ranged from beer bottles to oranges and water bottles rained onto the pitch by Bosso’s fans sitting on the notorious Soweto stand.

The main targets were DeMbare’s gangling forward Rodrick Mutuma, who had earlier on scored and the ageless Muraper Murape. Both players were accused by the home team fans of employing delaying tactics through feigning injuries.

The worst however, occurred after the match, where police had to fire tear gas to disperse fans of both teams who had plunged into physical battles. The incidents resulted in one of Bosso’s fans –Thembinkosi Hloli, allegedly being murdered by DeMbare faithfuls.

After all these breath-taking skirmishes, the closure of the stadium, which has just come into effect to allow renovations to take place ahead of the December games, should give us a new episode.

Initially, Bosso had indicated that they would relocate to Mandava in Zvishavane, while How Mine, who also used BF, considered the Colliery Stadium in Hwange.

However, the PSL is understood to be negotiating for the teams to use nearby Hartsfield Rugby Ground, which is obviously too small for especially Bosso. There are no more big games remaining and it would be good for the clubs to just settle on the small Bulawayo pitch.

This weekend gives teams an opportunity to use the Chibuku Super Cup games to re-group and come out stronger for Match Day 20.

Highlanders still have a chance to go back to the top despite losing to DeMbare, while Caps United, who beat Chiredzi 3-0 to settle on third position, are also among the title contenders, together with energy side ZPC Kariba, now joint log leaders with DeMbare on 35 points.

Nine teams were locked-up in the relegation jigsaw puzzle, where four will eventually be booted out. Harare City lay third from bottom with

22 points, separated from Chicken Inn – eighth from top by just two points.

The development therefore promises to give fans an exciting final third of the season, with only 11 games are left.

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