The Sunday News
Premier Soccer League champions Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa has blasted his players, George Chigova and Murape Murape for unsportsmanlike behaviour.
The duo kicked balls belonging to their bitter rivals Highlanders to the stands housing their supporters while the Bulawayo giants were warming up ahead of the Bob90 Super Cup final earlier this month.
Highlanders did not recover the balls as the players allegedly encouraged their supporters to keep them.
Mubaiwa said as a club they did not condone such behaviour but was quick to point out that he was not aware of the incident as Highlanders had not contacted him over the issue.
“I am not aware of the issue because they did not contact me, I am not sure who they informed about the incident but we cannot allow such actions as a club. That is indiscipline and we cannot condone it,” he said.
Mubaiwa said he would find out from other members of his executive whether they were aware of the incident and then investigate the matter.
The two players kicked the balls to their fans as the two teams were warming up and the incident nearly degenerated into a fist fight after Chigova engaged in an altercation with Highlanders fitness trainer, Majaha Ndlovu.
Highlanders expressed disgust at the players’ actions saying it was unsportsmanlike and could create unnecessary tension between the country’s soccer giants.
Last week Highlanders treasurer Jerry Sibanda said the Dynamos players incited their team’s fans to keep the balls and they were never thrown back into the field, and that such behaviour was provocative and could lead to violence during similar big matches.
Sibanda said the incident took place in full view of some members of the Dynamos executive.
“We have not engaged them yet but we agreed as an executive that chairman (Peter Dube) engages Mubaiwa over the matter this weekend after the Zifa AGM on Saturday (yesterday),” he said.
Dynamos walked away with the Cup after beating Highlanders 2-0.
Sibanda said they reported the matter at Mbare Police Station and Harare provincial police spokesman Inspector Tadius Chibanda also confirmed last week they were investigating a case of theft involving soccer balls that went missing before the start of the Bob90 final.
In an interview with our sister publication H-Metro Chigova absolved himself of any wrong doing in the scuffle he had with Ndlovu and claimed he kicked Highlanders’ balls by mistake.
The giant goalkeeper got into the pitch when the Highlanders technical team had already set up cones for warm up.
“We had been instructed to conduct our warm up in that same half and there was no way I could oppose my coaches. My intentions were never meant to cause a scene or incite fans. But I was going to change if he (Ndlovu) had talked to me in a better way,” Chigova was qouted as saying.