Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
WHAWHA coach Luke “Jukulile” Petros has claimed that the playing field in the Zifa Central Region Division One championship is no longer level as the race gets into the business end. Petros and his men take on Chrome Stars today.
“I am not happy with the way our team is being treated by the Central Region Soccer League administrators as they are trying to frustrate us as we get to the end of the race,” Petros said.
“We worked hard to have the points but some individuals want to spoil the race so we are just going to fulfil the fixture. We are both in contention, but Chrome Stars are on advantage as they have a game in hand after they deliberately left their licences when they went to face Gweru City. Some people are tarnishing the race as the decision on the game has taken too long to be made but to my understanding there should have been a ruling by now considering the stage the race is at right now. It is so disheartening that the youngsters I have here are working hard to get results but some individuals want to come and spoil our party.”
Whawha were docked three points after they affiliated late with the Zifa Central Region Soccer League.
That decision was made within 24 hours but the Chrome Stars case has been dragging on. Zifa Central Region Soccer League secretary-general, Stanely Chapeta, is also in the Chrome Stars executive committee. He said the decision was made way back but it is yet to be communicated to the clubs.
“The team left their player licences when they visited Gweru City and we looked into the issue and the decision will be communicated to the clubs.
“There is nothing called advantage as each team needs to win and get results even if there is a game in hand. Whawha are afraid of Chrome Stars, they should just come here and we play soccer and the better team of the day will win.
“The case of Whawha being docked three points is well documented while this of licences is not written anywhere,” Chapeta said.
The two teams are in the race for promotion in the Zifa Central Region Soccer League.
Meanwhile, there will be no action in the Zifa Eastern Region Division One League this weekend.
Central Region Fixtures
Chrome Stars v Whawha (Mbizo), MSU v Gweru City (MSU), Vumbachikwe v Nkayi United (Pelandaba), Tongogara v Silo United (Battlefields), ZRP Beitbridge v Chemumvuri Pirates (Dulibadzimu), Gaths Mine v Blanket Mine (Gaths)
Zvishavane Stars v FC Platinum (Mandava)
Southern Region Fixtures
Ntabazinduna v Tsholothso (Ntabazinduna), Plumtree Chiefs v Trumus Warriors (Raylton), Quelaton v ZPC Hwange (NUST), New West City v Old Nic Mine (Raylton 12 pm), Elephants v Mpumalanga (Brad Barracks), Black Boots v Hwange Juniors (Fairbridge).