HARARE – Dynamos may have maintained their dominance over Highlanders courtesy of Ocean Mushure’s penalty strike but both teams will feel hard done by the actions of their two most trusted players.
A moment of sheer madness saw Partson Jaure and Njabulo Ncube completely abandoning their teams’ cause and selfishly make Sunday’s game all about them.
COOL DOWN: Partson Jaure, centre, is escorted off the pitch by Artwell Mukandi, left, and coach Calisto Pasuwa, after he had tried to attack referee Thabani Bamala at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday. Picture: Auntony Zinyange
Just after the half hour mark Jaure, who was already sitting on a yellow card hacked Ncube from behind but Ncube needlessly retaliated by kicking Jaure.
Both men were duly handed their marching orders by referee Thabani Bamala, who had a torrid afternoon as he battled to keep temperatures from boiling over inside Barbourfields Stadium.
Whilst Ncube accepted his fate, Jaure lost his cool and had to be restrained by Oscar Machapa from attacking Bamala.
It is now Dynamos and Highlanders, who will now have to suffer for the sins of their two players as they will be without them in their next three crucial games.
Dynamos might even have to do without Jaure for a longer time.
The Dynamos defender faces a lengthy ban for his shameless behaviour of attempting to wrestle with the referee after the red card.
The league’s disciplinary committee is sure to slap him with an extended ban for his actions that do not have a place in football.
He is likely to be out of action until next season.
Jaure’s actions painted the wrong picture of the character of players in the PSL, a shameful picture broadcast across Africa on SuperSport.
On the other hand, if Highlanders fail to lift this season’s PSL title this is one of the matches they will look back with regret and point to Ncube at having let them down.
The former Railstars player, who has a well-documented history of ill-discipline, was a victim of his own ego once again.
After Jaure had hacked him from behind all Ncube needed to do was to act professionally.
The rational thing to do in that situation was to stay down and leave the referee to do his job, after all he was just the victim and Jaure was the one in the firing line for a second yellow card.
But Ncube threw reason out of the window giving Bamala, who was in a good position to see the Bosso striker lash out at Jaure with a few kicks to the shin.
The referee had no option but to flash the red card to Ncube.
Ncube’s action evoked memories of the final match of the 1999 Super Six stage of the ICC World Cup when Herschelle Gibbs dropped Steve Waugh when he was on 56.
Waugh went on to score 120 from 110 balls and Australia won the match with two deliveries to spare.
If Ncube had kept his composure after the foul, Bamala was likely going to show Jaure a second yellow card for his foul from behind.
Instead, the burly forward took the law into his own hands and there was no way he was going to remain on the pitch after such behaviour.
Bosso without their chief striker went on to miss a glut of chances as they dominated possession against the defending champions.
The Bulawayo giants were punished late in the game when Mushure was bundled down inside the box by Mthulisi Maphosa.
Mushure picked himself up and scored from the resultant spot kick to send dynamos back on top of the log.