The Herald (Harare)

16 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Hwange Appeal Judgment Today

Dynamos will be waiting with great interest for the judgment of their controversial match against Hwange, set to be delivered this morning, following the conclusion of the hearing at the Centre for Commercial Arbitration. The Glamour Boys, who are on the verge of winning back-to-back Premiership titles, will be praying that Hwange's appeal be dismissed.

DeMbare beat Hwange 4-2 at Rufaro but the coal-miners complained that their coaches had been assaulted and a disciplinary committee ordered a replay at a neutral venue. But Dynamos appealed against the decision of the disciplinary committee and were successful in their quest to have the result of the match stand.

But Hwange took the matter to the Centre of Commercial Arbitration.

Zifa chief executive, Jonathan Mashingaidze, yesterday promised the judgment would be out today.

Chairman of the Centre for Commercial Arbitration, Muchadeyi Masunda, yesterday said the matter was finalised on Wednesday but delay, in releasing the judgment, was caused by the late payment of hearing fees by Zifa. The total costs of the hearing amounted to US$2 300 and by yesterday Zifa had still to settle a balance of US$800, which they are hoping to pay today.

"The issue has already been finalised and we are just waiting for the payment of the fees to give Zifa a copy of the judgment," said Masunda.

"But let me hasten to say the delay was not of our own making. We are men of honour, not mercenaries.

"We have had problems with Zifa in the past when we handled their cases and we would be made to wait for up to one year before we got our payment."

At the moment Dynamos, on 68 points, lead Highlanders by two points before the last match of the season.

Dynamos and Highlanders continued with their march towards glory with crucial wins during the midweek to set the stage for a thrilling weekend when the curtain comes down on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.

DeMbare were 3-0 home victors over Buffaloes while Bosso kept the pressure when they edged FC Platinum 1-0 at Barbourfields. For the third year running, the domestic football league championship is going to be decided on the last day of the campaign.

For the third year running, the domestic football league championship is going to be decided on the last day of the campaign.

Interestingly the Harare giants have been involved in all the tight battles. DeMbare lost the title to Motor Action on goal difference in 2010 when both clubs finished on 66 points. The clubs had almost identical statistics after both won 20, drew six and lost four games each after 30 matches.

Motor Action were crowned champions because they had a superior goal difference of 34 goals, four better than Dynamos.

Then last year the Harare giants tilted the scales in their favour late in the campaign when they pipped FC Platinum to the finishing line after playing the catch-up game for the most part of the season.

Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa yesterday said they are focusing on winning the last game against Hardbody at Ascot on Sunday.

"We have been talking with the players that we shouldn't sit back and think that we are there yet.

"Of course it looks like we have a very easy task against Hardbody on Sunday but to me there are no small teams.

"Even the relegated teams have something to prove against Dynamos so we are not relaxing. I believe it's not yet over until the last 90 minutes of the season.

"The morale is high. The campaign is not different (from last season) when we needed to win it on the last day. The only difference is that when I took over last season the team had played a couple of games.

"Highlanders surprised everyone this season. Noone had tipped them to be in the running for the championship considering their run in the last few seasons.

"But they came out firing from all angles and they are competing for the title.

"However, we are not concerned very much by their performance at this moment. We should aim to win our last game and take the championship," said Pasuwa.

Highlander's coach, Kevin Kaindu, yesterday said the Bulawayo giants will take their chances and leave the rest to fate.

"We played well against FC Platinum and I think in the two meetings we deserved the six points that we picked against them.

"It's unfortunate we won by a slim margin when we could have scored more but the good thing is we managed to get the points and maintain the pressure on Dynamos.

"As we head for the last match of the season, we would need to go there with the right attitude because teams in Rangers' situation are very dangerous because they would want to go down with something.

"So we will be a bit cautious, knowing that we need the three points to keep ourselves in contention," said Kaindu.

Fixtures

Tomorrow

Harare City v Motor Action (Gwanzura), CAPS United v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro)

Sunday

Monomotapa v Buffaloes (Rufaro), Blue Rangers v Highlanders (Gwanzura), FC Platinum v Black Mambas (Mandava), Hardbody v Dynamos (Ascot), Quelaton v Hwange (Luveve), Gunners v Chicken Inn (Lafarge)

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