Dynamos, Highlanders match abandoned after fans riot
BULAWAYO – The Castle Lager Premiership match between Dynamos and Highlanders at Barbourfields yesterday was called off after violent scenes erupted in the stadium.
Highlanders fans, unhappy with the referee’s decisions, threw missiles and invaded the pitch in the 37th minute, forcing the players and officials to flee to the changing rooms.
Police tried to restore order, but were met with resistance from both sets of fans, who clashed on the field and in the stands.
The match commissioner, Nelson Kusosa, announced that the game was officially abandoned after more than 30 minutes of chaos.
Dynamos were leading 2-0 at the time, thanks to goals from Keith Madera and Frank Makarati in the first half.
They had dominated the game with their attacking flair, while Highlanders struggled to cope with their pace and movement.
The result would have been a third consecutive defeat for Highlanders, who had lost to FC Platinum and Chicken Inn in their previous games.
Dynamos, on the other hand, would have extended their unbeaten run to 20 matches.
The match was billed as the biggest game in the land, and attracted a huge crowd despite the high ticket prices.
It was a shame that the fans’ behaviour spoiled what could have been a thrilling encounter between two of Zimbabwe’s most popular teams.