THE Norwegian tennis team had to cut short their celebrations after beating Zimbabwe in a Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group Two tie when a gang of rob
bers pounced on them outside a local nightclub two weeks ago.
On the evening of April 9 after the visiting team had completed a 4-1 rout of the home side earlier in the day, the players wanted to get a feel of Harare’s nightlife and hired a taxi from their hotel to Tipperary’s nightclub in the Avenues, IndependentSport has established.
When the driver returned at around 2am to pick up the team, four men appeared from the shadows with handguns and ordered the driver and the players to lie down.
After seizing their loot that included credit cards, passports and cash amounting to $110 million, the robbers used the taxi, a white Nissan Almera registration number 787-090G, as a gateway car.
Assistant Police Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed the incident. “The police received a report on April 10 that three people had been robbed at the corner of Leopold Takawira and Fife Avenue at 2am outside Tipperary’s Night Club,” he said.
Bvudzijena said the gang robbed the tourists of $80 million, and $30 million belonging to the taxi driver. The car has not been recovered and one person has so far been arrested in connection with the case. Further investigations are in progress.
The Norwegian team was made up of Stian Boretti, Jan Andersen, Alexander Hoyem, Carl Sundberg as well as their non-playing captain Anders Haseth.
Meanwhile, the owners of the taxi have offered a reward of $20 million to anyone able to provide information leading to the whereabouts of the vehicle.
It is believed the same car was also used in the recent robbery of a jewellery shop in First Street.