Highlanders fined US$79k in last five years

Highlanders fined US$79k in last five years

Highlanders fined US$79k in last five years

Highlanders chief executive, Ronald Moyo, says hooliganism and missile-throwing by some of their fans is now bleeding the club financially.

This comes after the Bulawayo giants were slapped with a US$11 000 fine in a space of one week by the Premier Soccer League.

Bosso were sanctioned for violent scenes in their matches against FC Platinum and Dynamos.

The punishment brings to US$79 000 the amount Bosso have parted way with, in terms of fines, in the last five years, largely due to unruly acts by their supporters.

Moyo said the repercussions from hooliganism were draining the club financially and they will soon embark on awareness campaigns.

“What we should be focused on, as a club, is trying to educate our fans of the consequences of missile-throwing, pitch invasion and malicious damage of property in the stadiums.

“Very soon, we will be carrying out a campaign where we will be trying to educate our fans about the need to stay away from some of these activities in the stadium.

“At the end of the day, it portrays a very bad image about the club, portrays a very bad image about Zimbabwean football and about those corporates who are funding football.

“Some small, or what we might call small incidents, the damage they may cause to the image of the club is big.

“We recently released the amount of fines we have suffered. It is unfortunate that all those things are actually negatively contributing to the growth of the club,” he said.

Moyo also defended the Club’s decision to hire a foreign coach in Baltema Jose De Oleveria Brito.

The Portuguese gaffer was roped in to replace Mandla Mpofu.

He said this was in line with the Club’s vision.

“It is an idea that people believe that foreign coaches are always more expensive than the local coaches, which is not true.

“You also consider the vision, what you want to achieve as a club.

“Football is a business and, in every business, you do what we call calculative risk where, for instance, we say if we bring coach AB, can he take us to point C?

“You calculate your risk and go for that person. We do not have a problem as yet, it is something we thought about before we brought them here.”

The Highlanders chief also clarified the reason why Mpofu was still using the club’s car.

The Bosso coach and captain were given cars, as part of the sponsorship between the club and their principal sponsors, Sakunda Holdings.

“It is an internal issue, Mandla recently lost his daughter so he is still grieving and that car is, obviously, useful to him.

“It is not like he is refusing to bring the car back. There is an agreement and, with time, he will bring it.

“I think by (this week) you will see it being used by the coaches,” he said.

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