Last Sunday, some people who call themselves “bouncers” at Dynamos Football Club mugged Hwange technical team members just before the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match between the two sides.
The victims were head coach Nation Dube and his assistant Mebelo Njekwa who were taken to hospital following the monster attacks.
Weird, isn’t it? Imagine Alex Ferguson being beaten by Arsenal “bouncers” in England. Incredible!
How on earth a big team like Dynamos would front such thugs, let alone co-opt them as part of their set up remains the biggest mystery.
Dynamos legend Moses Chunga put it aptly this week when he said of these hoodlums: “When I made my name I never knew about bouncers. They should remain at the beer halls.” Oh yes! They are beerhall material, but authorities at Dembare think otherwise.
These ruffians must be banned from football and should not be seen anywhere near the stadia for the safety of peace- loving soccer fans.
Where were the police when all this was happening?
But then what do you expect when the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), supposedly the custodians of our football, write their own piece of history by telling suspended national team coach Norman Mapeza to come to work or face sanctions from the football governing body.
They (Zifa) surely are the only employers in the world who demand that a suspended worker reports for duty as if everything is normal.
“Mapeza was officially employed by Zifa in 2010 but has not been reporting for duty at the office and as such faces insubordination charges. We are a serious organisation where people cannot be seen to be doing what they want. He will therefore be dealt with accordingly by his employers, regardless of the outcome of the Asiagate investigation,” Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said.
Mashingaidze is trying to divert issues here. Zifa must just come clean on Mapeza. The truth of the matter is that they don’t want Mapeza as the national team coach. He was just roped in as Warriors gaffer after the intervention of Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and the fans.
The rest of the board members detest the former Warriors’ captain. It’s time Mapeza opened his eyes and moved on.