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ZIFA condemns riots in Zim football matches

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 20:00


The Zimbabwean Football Association and the Premier Soccer League have lamented violence in the country’s football matches.

Media reports in Zimbabwe indicate that ZIFA and the PSL stood up together in condemning violence and hooliganism at football matches.

The move follows the ugly scenes that led to the abandonment of the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final match between CAPS United and Shabanie Mine at Maglas this past weekend.

ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the PSL should find means to end the trend which was a stark reminder of the other ugly incidences that led to the abandonment of the match between Highlanders and Dynamos and FC Platinum versus Highlanders earlier in the year.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association has noted with great concern, the perpetual violent disturbances occurring during Premier Soccer League matches,” said Gwesela.

“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.

“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.”

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Chiyangwa urges Zim referees to aim for FIFA World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

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Chiyangwa urges Zim referees to aim for FIFA World Cup

Phillip Chiyangwa, ZIFA and COSAFA President

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 12:30


Zimbabwean Football Association’s president Philip Chiyangwa has urged Zimbabwe’s top referees to strive to become officials good enough to officiate at the FIFA World Cup finals.

Chiyangwa praised the referees for shunning controversies linked to match manipulation and exhibiting a degree of professionalism that has also won them some plaudits from FIFA.

He was speaking when the country’s top 35 match officials were in class at Prince Edward for a week-long FIFA Member Associations course.

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Chiyangwa also hailed the efforts made by FIFA and the local instructors to build the capacities of local referees.

The ZIFA and COSAFA president said his association would continue to prioritise referee education among its key development pillars.

“It is a great honour to stand before you ladies and gentlemen tasked with probably the most difficult and equally invaluable role in as far as the game of football is concerned,” said Chiyangwa.

“That is ensuring the equitable application of the laws of the game, in the face of ceaseless criticism from the media, players and coaches alike.

“I am not saying that as referees you are faultless, and you should be immune from criticism, but that does not in any way undermine the great value which your input adds to football.

“As an association, we prioritise referee education because you are the custodians of the laws of the game on the field of play. In that regard, referees have to be perfectly clear of what they are doing all the time to avoid inconsistent application of rules.”

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Baroka confirm Zim star Munetsi departure – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Baroka confirm Zim star Munetsi departure

Marshall Munetsi of Baroka FC tackled by Thembela Sikhakhane of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates at the Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on the 30 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 31, 2017. 18:00


South African giants Orlando Pirates have decided to recall Zimbabwe international Marshall Munetsi from his loan spell.

The 21-year-old central midfielder spent last season out on loan at Absa Premiership side Baroka FC.

Munetsi enjoyed regular game time at the Limpopo-based outfit – making 26 league appearances for the club – scoring twice in the process.

Pirates, who are based in Johannesburg, have since decided to recall the promising midfielder following his successful loan stint.

Morgan Mammila, the Baroka chief executive officer, confirmed the news on Sunday.

“Yes, it’s true, Munetsi went back to Pirates,” Mammila tells KickOff.com.

Munetsi is set to compete with the likes of Issa Sarr, Thamsanqa Sangweni and Oupa Manyisa in central midfield at Bucs.

Pirates will be hoping to clinch the 2017/18 Absa Premiership title after finishing the 2016/17 season trophless.

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