BARELY a month before the Zifa Southern Region season reaches its halfway mark two teams have already failed to fulfil fixtures and the league executive is not amused at all.
Week Nine of the Zifa Southern Region 2018 season saw two teams fail to show up for their respective games. Casmyn and ZRP Bulawayo Province were in no-shows.
Casymn a�� sponsored by gold miners Turk Mine, situated on the outskirts of Bulawayo a�� failed to travel to Mzilikazi Barracks (formerly Brady Barracks) for a game against Indlovu Iyanyathela last weekend while ZRP Bulawayo Province could not secure a venue to host Mosi Rovers.
Both offending teams were slapped with automatic defeats on identical three-nil scorelines.
While he has not received a report from Casmyn, Zifa Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza said he still did not understand how the gold miners a�� consistent and seasoned campaigners in the league a�� had failed to travel for the match.
a�?They (Casmyn) are one team that has been consistent in not only fulfilling their fixtures but paying their affiliation fees religiously so we still dona��t understand how they failed to travel to Bulawayo. We dona��t want to jump to conclusions so we will wait for a report from Casmyn explaining what happened this past weekend,a�? said Mandaza.
The ZRP Bulawayo case is a totally different scenario.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police-owned team had initially planned to play at Luveve Stadium last Sunday as curtain raisers to the Premiership tie pitting Bulawayo Chiefs and Ngezi Platinum.
But the lower division one side made a fatal mistake, at least according to Mandaza.
a�?ZRP Bulawayo Province did not notify the Premier Soccer League of their intentions to curtain raise the Ngezi Platinum and Bulawayo Chiefs match and thus were denied use of Luveve Stadium. We appeal to our teams that want to play before Premiership matches to notify us so that we can assist them on how they can go about it. The PSL is a sponsored league with its own set of strict rules and regulations that must be adhered to,a�? said Mandaza.