BULAWAYO - Once again we witnessed another bad episode of the domestic game when the Castle Lager Premiership match between log leaders Chicken Inn and Dongo Sawmills was abandoned yesterday.
The match was stopped shortly after the hour mark when Dongo medic Urayayi Chikwarange was sprinkled with an unknown substance by Gamecocks goalkeepers coach Julius Ndlovu.
At that point, Chicken Inn were leading 1-0 courtesy of midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu’s strike three minutes before the breather.
Before the incident with Ndlovu, Chikwarange was involved in a tussle Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze when he had entered the pitch to treat one of his injured players.
The Dongo medic was confronted by Ndlovu when he was making his way to the visitor bench and was sprinkled with the unknown substance.
Chikwarange went to the ground and was rushed to hospital after the incident while Ndlovu was arrested and taken to Luveve Police Station.
The Dongo players refused to continue with the match as the team no longer had a medic on their bench.
Even the plea by Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas to let the game continue fell into deaf ears as the Dongo players refused to take to the pitch.
Even the offer by the ambulance paramedics and the Chicken Inn medic to offer their services was declined.
Then the referee of the day Philan Ncube had no choice but to abandoned the match after about half an hour of stoppage after consultations with match commissioner Michael Phiri who also tried in vain to convince Dongo to continue playing.
After the match Dongo assistant coach Dananai Chinowawa said: “We could not play because security was not proper, we were afraid. The police should have arrested the coach (Ndlovu) soon after the incident, not to wait for us to complain.”
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas said: “It is unfortunate that when tempers flare such things like Ndlovu did do happen. I think the game should have continued. It is not good for football. We must show professionalism in the way we handle situations instead of blowing things out of proportion.”