The Premier Soccer League and ZIFA have issued strong statements condemning the recent surge in violence and hooliganism that has rocked the local football fraternity in recent times.
By SportBrief Reporter
After violent protests led to an abandonment of the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final match between CAPS United and Shabanie Mine at Maglas at the weekend, the PSL and ZIFA have issued statements condemning the trend of hooliganism that is becoming widespread in the local league.
ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela yesterday implored the PSL to find means to end the trend which has also led to the abandonment of high profile matches between Highlanders and Dynamos and FC Platinum and Highlanders this season alone.
“The Zimbabwe Football Association has noted with great concern, the perpetual violent disturbances occurring during Premier Soccer League matches. The association condemns, in strongest terms, ghastly scenes of violence which have sadly culminated in abandonment of matches, the latest being the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final between Shabanie Mine and CAPS United,” said Gwesela
“The association hereby orders Premier Soccer League clubs to seek lasting solutions to the recurring problem of fan violence and premature end of matches. All-stakeholder workshops to educate all members of the football family about violence and laws of the game can help reduce disturbances during matches. Premier Soccer League clubs and all football stakeholders, including the police, should work tirelessly to eradicate all forms of hooliganism.”
The same sentiments were also echoed by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) spokesperson Kudzai Bare who urged local football clubs to discourage their supporters from engaging in violence and hooliganism.
“We take this opportunity to condemn violence and hooliganism at our stadia. We appeal to law enforcement agents to identify perpetrators of violence and bring them to book to make our stadia safe. We further urge all football leaders to educate their fans on the dangers of violence and hooliganism,” said Bare.
This news will surely be welcomed by local football lovers with the game seemingly losing its attractiveness as a result of the ugly scenes that have been threatening to bring Zimbabwean football into disrepute.
As the nation has generally been revered for its peaceful nature, we can only hope that this trend will fade into obscurity and not become a permanent feature of our local football.