BULAWAYO – Highlanders and Dynamos fans have been urged to maintain a peaceful atmosphere when the two giants of local football clash in what is being touted as a potential 2013 Castle Championship decider Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium.
Bosso head coach Kelvin Kaindu called upon both sets of fans to leave the fighting to the two teams who will battle it out on the field of play.
“We urge our fans to come out in their numbers so that the game will flow and I would like also to appeal to both sets of fans to practice peace on Sunday (tomorrow) and let the fighting be on the field of play,” Kaindu said.
The same message was relayed by a member of the Bulawayo Chapter of the Dynamos Supporters Association Simon Gama who urged fans to be tolerant of each other.
“As the Bulawayo Chapter of the Dynamos Supporters Association we have had meetings where we advised our fellow fans not to engage in violence and we have even engaged our Highlanders counterparts to try and build a good relationship.
“And we have even beefed up security to weed out malcontents who incite violence by mocking Highlanders fans because the hooliganism that has long characterized matches between the two teams has got to come to an end,” Gama said.
The rivalry that exists between the two football giants on the football pitch has in the past spilled onto the terraces leading to violent scenes of hooliganism.
This has taken the gloss off a spectacle that should provide entertainment for the whole family and paints a bad picture of what was described by the great Pele as the beautiful game.
Highlanders and Dynamos are without a doubt the most followed teams on the local football scene and a full house is expected at Emagumeni.
At stake is the chance to gain the advantage in the Castle Championship race as both teams are well poised to take the honours at the end of the season.
Highlanders lead the log standings with 47 points to their credit while Dynamos and third placed Harare City are tied on 45 points.
Fans may be in for a scintillating afternoon of top class football as both sides are unlikely to hold back as a draw may play into the hands of the City Fathers, Harare City, who will play against Buffaloes this afternoon.