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No nonsense please! Bosso fans tell army

19/05/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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THE raging debate on the abandoned Castle lager premier soccer league match between perennial foes, Highlanders and Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium last Sunday, has sucked in the army.

The match ended prematurely after 42 minutes after Highlanders fans threw missiles into the pitch protesting the awarding of a goal to Dynamos, which was deemed to have been scored from an offside position.

The Premier Soccer League has since charged Highlanders for the skirmishes and they are set to appear before a disciplinary committee next Tuesday.

“As the Zimbabwe National Army we believe in discipline. We don’t condone violence or hooliganism, we don`t like such behaviour and we do not like to see violence. Where there should be entertainment let there be entertainment. That`s our take,” Brigadier Tendai Elliot Dzirutwe was quoted as having said by state media, after taking delivery of sports equipment donated to the army by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).

However, the comments, seen directly aimed at Highlanders fans, have drawn mixed reactions with some questioning the army’s motive.

“The army is ‘offside’ on this one. It is a simple issue of hooliganism which does not warrant a comment from a whole army. The comments by the army will feed into the suspicion that there is a bigger plot against Highlanders.

“The army's comments seem to be an intimidation tactic against the people so that they become docile in the face of corruption and unfairness. We know the army is political and they fear football protests may galvanise political protests against Mugabe's regime,” said Methuseli Moyo, National People`s Party (NPP) NEC member.

However, the army is fully immersed into local football as one of their teams, Black Rhinos, is back playing in the country`s elite football league, after spending some time in division one.

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) co-ordinator Rodrick Fayayo said such comments were unwarranted considering the army is complicit in the 1980s mass killing of unarmed civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands.  

“The army is taking its excitement too far. They think they can intimidate people into accepting ubumbulu (nonsense). Given what the army has done to ordinary unarmed Zimbabweans some of us are not even surprised. But whatever they say and do they should just know that Asifuni bumbulu (we wont tolerate nonsense),” said Fayayo.



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Highlanders fans, enraged by the poor officiating at the Sunday game have since coined the adopted the catch phrase #AsifuniBumbulu to express their discontent at not only football authorities but as a rallying point to speak out issues affecting people from the region.   

 


 
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