Bosso, DeMbare pull out of tournament

Bosso, DeMbare pull out of tournament
Published: 18 August 2017 (653 Views)
PREMIERSHIP giants Dynamos and Highlanders have sensationally pulled out of the proposed Supa Power Tournament in Botswana, accusing the competition's sponsors of failing to meet contractual obligations to ensure their participation would not be fraught with problems.

Dynamos and Highlanders had been scheduled to travel to Francistown today for the four-team tournament that was set to involve Botswana outfits Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Tafic tomorrow.

A cloud of uncertainty had always been hanging over the tournament, with the Botswana-based organisers seemingly taking long to pay the two Zimbabwean sides their appearance fees, which was one of the major pre-conditions for them to travel to Francistown.

Dynamos had been holed up in Harare while Bosso were at their base in Bulawayo, with the two sides awaiting a signal from the organisers for them to travel.

But as time ticked away, both clubs eventually lost patience with the organisers and shortly before the close of business yesterday, they issued separate statements indicating they had called off the trip and were now making frantic efforts to try and have their Premiership assignments reinstated.

But the Premier Soccer League, who had earlier given the two clubs the greenlight to travel to Botswana, took a professional stance and resisted moves to reinstate the DeMbare and Bosso domestic fixtures at the 11th hour.

Dynamos had been scheduled to travel to Bulawayo to face How Mine, while Highlanders were scheduled to meet basement side Tsholotsho.

PSL chief executive Kenny Ndebele said it would have been unfair to try and get hold of How Mine and Tsholotsho "so late in the week to try and arrange the fixtures".

"Our weekend fixtures are never arranged on Thursday, we can postpone on a Thursday, but we don't ask clubs to start preparing for a game two days before kick-off on a Thursday or Friday," Ndebele said.

Dynamos secretary-general Webster Marechera said they had been left with no option, but to call off the journey after noting that the "organisers were just not serious".

"As Dynamos Football Club, we will no longer participate in that tournament and we wish to inform our supporters in Zimbabwe and those in Botswana that we will no longer be travelling.

"The reason is that the tournament organisers failed to honour the contractual obligations and we have since advised the PSL through the CEO that we are no longer travelling and if possible, we would prefer to fulfil our league fixture," Marechera said.

Bosso chief executive Nhlanhla Dube issued their statement on the tournament that had taken an audacious approach to try and operate along the lines of the Carling Black Label tournament staged in South Africa every year and which involves Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

But, unlike the Carling Black Label tournament in South Africa, which has a title sponsor and a number of technical partners, it has emerged that the Supa Power tournament organisers in Botswana were actually banking on the pulling power of the clubs involved to try and first rake in money from the turnstiles and then pay the participating teams.

Dube cited the failure by tournament organiser Joy Setshedi to meet the contractual obligations as the reason why Bosso will not be in Botswana tomorrow.

"We wish to inform that our club Highlanders FC will no longer be participating in the Supa Cup in Botswana on August 19, 2017 as originally indicated.

"Our withdrawal has been a natural consequence owing to failure by the organisers of the tournament to adhere to previously agreed contractual obligations.

"May all fans and supporters be advised accordingly," Dube said.

The collapse of the Botswana tournament should also come in as a lesson to Dynamos and Highlanders, who appear to have latched onto the competition without having done much due diligence.

There have always been genuine concerns that both Dynamos and Highlanders, acknowledged as Zimbabwe's two biggest football institutions, do not appear to make full use of their potential as big brands and continue to be taken for a ride when they should be competing for megabuck deals with the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

That the two Zimbabweans giants had even accepted to play in tournament that had no prize money for them is a serious indictment on the two clubs' understanding of the big business that football has become.

- Herald


You May Like These Videos


There are no comments.

Latest stories

#Mugabe has summoned cabinet ministers

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 522 Views

#Zimbabwe broadcaster on stand-by for address by military

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 352 Views

MDC-T to decide on #Mugabe impeachment Tuesday

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 249 Views

It is a no-win situation for Mugabe

by Sam Wezhira | 20 November 2017 | 300 Views

Tsvangirai has little faith in Mnangagwa saving Zimbabwe

by AFP | 20 November 2017 | 263 Views

Coup directors get hold of Jonathan Moyo's twitter account?

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 358 Views

Mugabe must stop embarrassing himself - PDP

by PDP | 20 November 2017 | 183 Views

#Zimbabwe junior military ranks grumble about unfinished mission

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 295 Views

Mugabe, 'leave state house' or we go back to the streets

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 214 Views

Dealing with Zimbabwe's fault lines

by Lawrence Fengu | 20 November 2017 | 100 Views

MDC-T deeply alarmed

by Morgan Tsvangirai | 20 November 2017 | 254 Views

'When they took Dzamara more activists were born'

by Simbarashe Mwandipenda | 20 November 2017 | 87 Views

14 elephants found dead

by Simbarashe Sithole | 20 November 2017 | 133 Views

Stakeholders must work together to curb healthcare fraud

by Agencies | 20 November 2017 | 86 Views

'I suspect he is a gay,' says wife

by Staff Reporter | 20 November 2017 | 166 Views

Zanu-PF plans march to Mugabe's residence

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 199 Views

Mugabe's impeachment 'can be done in 24 hours'

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 138 Views

Has the military 'comported to the dictates and mores of constitutionalism'?

by Senator David Coltart | 20 November 2017 | 107 Views

Kenneth Kaunda 'sent to persuade Mugabe' - report

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 199 Views

Tsvangirai 'want inclusive government'

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 105 Views

Tajamuka calls for another Zimbabwe final Shut down on Wednesday

by Stephen Jakes | 20 November 2017 | 62 Views

High court hears Magamba's challenge of police seizure of computers

by Stephen Jakes | 20 November 2017 | 62 Views

Zanu-PF MPs summoned

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 66 Views

Teachers demand Dokora be fired

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 75 Views

Mnangagwa takes over Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 59 Views

Mliswa reprimand opposition over Zanu PF betrayed them claims

by Stephen Jakes | 20 November 2017 | 53 Views

#Zimbabwe army to announce way forward on Mugabe

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 80 Views

People salutes the ZDF but still calls for Zanu-PF to go

by Fanuel Chinowaita | 20 November 2017 | 216 Views

Zimbabweans worried about nation's fate

by AP | 20 November 2017 | 183 Views

Why Matebeleland must not celebrate!

by Dr Brilliant Sigabade Mhlanga | 20 November 2017 | 326 Views

Impeachment motion by Zanu-PF Chief Whip in Parliament - details

by Mr. Lovemore Matuke | 20 November 2017 | 698 Views

MLF calls on Ramaphosa to help with arrest of Mnangagwa

by Andrea Sibanda, Secretary General | 20 November 2017 | 335 Views

Mnangagwa 'will reach out to Britain'

by Staff reporter | 20 November 2017 | 272 Views

Mthwakazi Republic Party to demonstrate in Jo'burg

by Stephen Jakes | 20 November 2017 | 84 Views