|Editorial Comment: Urgently stamp out violence in football|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00|
Dynamos are the biggest and most successful football club this country has ever known — a giant that dwarfs all others on the domestic scene and supported by millions of Zimbabweans. At its best, it is a football institution that we are all proud of — capable of competing and beating the best teams on the continent and raising our national flag high. To some
Zimbabweans, Dynamos is more than a football club — it is a way of life — and loyalty to this mega sporting brand is passed on from one generation to another.
Some of the greatest football players to emerge in this country have come through the DeMbare fold — George Shaya, Sunday and Misheck Chidzambwa, Oliver Kateya, Shepherd Murape, Edward Katsvere, David Mandigora, Kenneth Jere, Memory Mucherahowa and Tauya Murewa, to name but a few.
But we believe Dynamos’ privileged position in our football, as a giant supported by millions, comes with a lot of responsibility.
that erupted in the tunnels of Rufaro Stadium.
is something that has gone terribly wrong with our football.
And when that attack is spearheaded by bouncers, heavily-muscled individuals who have turned into DeMbare’s close security for players, technical staff and officials, we believe it’s time that our football takes a big stand against such primitive behaviour.
Coaches are team leaders and when you beat them up, you strike fear into the hearts of the players and it was clear on Sunday that Hwange’s team had been intimidated into a shell as they took long to settle down, obviously tormented by what they had endured.
When an association fails to stamp its authority on issues like what happened at Rufaro on Sunday, those who have been questioning whether the current Zifa board has an interest in the future of our football will certainly be vindicated.
On Sunday it was Nation Dube on the receiving end and, if we say that it’s business as usual, tomorrow it will be the players from the visiting team, then the visiting officials, then the journalists, then the Dynamos players on the days they don’t play well and, before long, the club’s officials.
In this era, it’s unacceptable that the head coach of a visiting team can be assaulted, in such savage fashion, and we ask for swift action from the PSL and Zifa on those who crossed the line and, sadly, Dynamos have to pay a big price for this.
The police should also treat this as a serious case because once the culprits are apprehended and given the right punishment, as prescribed by the laws of this country, it will deter others from taking a similar route when confronted with what happened at Rufaro on Sunday.
Why then should a man of such immense potential, who has served the game very well since his time as a player when he represented his country, be abused in his own country by a group of people who never kicked a ball in their life?