HARARE – Dynamos’ title defence yesterday received a huge boost following the Zifa Appeals Committee’s ruling awarding the club three forfeited points from their contentious 4-2 win over Hwange in May.
For the first time this season, Dynamos have climbed to the top of the Castle Premiership log standings, level on 46 points with undefeated Highlanders. The Glamour Boys, however, have a healthier goal difference of +30.
Bosso, who have not lost in 20 league matches, have a goal difference of +28.
This sets the stage for an intriguing battle between the two traditional giants of local football with 10 games to go before the season ends.
Dynamos beat Hwange 4-2 on May 6 in a match marred by controversy shortly before the kickoff at Rufaro Stadium.
Hwange coaches Nation Dube and Mabelo Njekwa were attacked by DeMbare marshals inside the Rufaro tunnel.
With the coalminers’ technical director Tenant Chilumba away in Zambia attending a coaching course, the physiotherapists and kit manager ended up taking charge of the team.
Dube and Njekwa later returned to the venue, but watched the match from the terraces.
Dynamos scored through Rodreck Mutuma, who netted a double, while Denver Mukamba and Takesure Chinyama chipped in with a goal each.
The coalminers responded through Erick Chipeta’s stunning freekick from over 40 yards and Daniel Kamunenga’s stoppage-time goal.
Hwange played the match under protest and successfully appealed the matter to the PSL Disciplinary Committee.
The PSL Disciplinary Committee nullified the result and ordered a replay at a neutral venue after looking into the matter.
They also fined Dynamos $2 000 before suspending $1 000 on condition that the Harare giants do not commit a similar offence this season.
The DeMbare marshals; Abraham Kwenda, James Dzamu and Simbarashe Zviita were also banned for life from attending football matches under the jurisdiction of Zifa and the PSL.
Dynamos, however appealed against the ruling to the Zifa Appeals Committee, arguing the result should stand and that the assault on the coaches did not in any way affect the performance of the players on the field of play.
The Daily News understands the Zifa Appeals Committee handed down its judgment yesterday and ruled in favour of the Harare giants.
Dynamos were given the three points on the 4-2 result but will still have to pay the fine handed down by the earlier court.
The Zifa Appeals Committee sat down last week and heard both oral and written evidence from Dynamos and Hwange.
If the coalminers are not satisfied with the ruling, they will now have to approach the Commercial Arbitration Centre since there is no Court of Arbitration for Sport in the country.
Initially, the hearing should have been held on August 24 but failed to take place after the coalminers failed to make their written submissions to the committee.
After finally meeting last Thursday, the Tererai Gunje-chaired committee then delivered their ruling yesterday.