LOCAL football lovers will have to wait a bit longer to witness the second instalment of the Battle of Zimbabwe featuring the countya��s biggest football clubs Highlanders and Dynamos amid revelations that the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match day 21 fixtures have been shelved.
Bosso and DeMbare were set to lock horns on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium.
In the first leg Madinda Ndlovua��s Bosso charges edged the Glamour Boys 1-0 in a match that was played at Rufaro Stadium.
a�?The Premier Soccer League in consultation with its stakeholders has postponed the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Match 21 fixtures scheduled for the week of 4 to 5 August. We will advise on the rescheduled dates,a�? said Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.
The blockbuster tie which usually draws bumper crowds was initially set to be on 29 July before it was cancelled to pave way for the countrya��s harmonised elections that were held on Monday.
The postponement of this ill-tempered fixture should come as a blessing in disguise for both clubs.
Bosso have been provided with more time to deal with Tanaka Makandaa��s paper work. The young striker, who joined Bosso before the closure of the countrya��s second transfer window from South Africaa��s National First Division side Stellenbosch, has been waiting for his international reverse clearance.
DeMbare has been battling injuries in their dressing room following knocks to defenders Godfrey Mukambi, vice-captain Marshal Machazane and winger Cleopas Kapupurika. In that regard, the postponement of the Sundaya��s encounter provides Lloyd Mutasaa��s injured troops more time to recover.
Meanwhile, Bosso and DeMbare in conjunction with their principal sponsors NetOne, are reportedly contemplating on embarking on roadshows denouncing hooliganism ahead of their return fixture.
Bosso chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube is on record saying:A� a�?We continue to be in conversation with our sponsors for a few other interesting things that will happen. You will see that jointly before the Dynamos match, which will now be after the elections. We will do a joint roadshow between Dynamos and Highlanders.a�?
He added: a�?We will work jointly under our sponsors. We want to do this to cultivate a culture of fandom that 90 minutes is football a�?wara�?. While 90 minutes can be football war but generally we are in one society and one space.
a�?We must appreciate that we need to respect certain norms and values. We will do a roadshow to promote the game and also to speak to issues of non-violence and negatives that come with fandom especially of the two biggest crowd pullers in the country.a�?