FORTUNE MBELE, SPORTS REPORTER
Sep 27 2011
Zifa Buscod Southern Region Division One football club Kujatana-Victoria Falls United has been kicked out of the league for failing to fulfil fixtures with three matches remaining before end of season.
The Victoria Falls-based club has been mired in financial problems and recently failed to fulfil two home matches against Mpumalanga and neighbours Zambezi Lions. Zifa Southern Region secretary-general Brian Moyo yesterday confirmed the club had been fired after failing to fulfil three successive fixtures.
“They have failed to fulfil three consecutive fixtures and they are out of the league and they are not going to be fixtured any more. It’s a standing regulation,” Moyo said.
Before donating three points to Mpumalanga at the weekend, Kujatana-Victoria Falls failed to host Zambezi Lions in the resort town on September 17.
Previously, the financially-troubled club also gave championship contenders Railstars three points on a silver platter after they failed to travel to Bulawayo on 10 September.
All-in-all Kujatana-Victoria Falls United failed to fulfil four fixtures in the league which means they owe the league $2 000 in fines for that misdemeanour, as failure to fulfil a fixture attracts a fine of $500.
Zifa Southern Region treasurer Tawanda Ruzive also said Kujatana-Victoria Falls still owe arrears of $1 200 in affiliation fees.
“What it means is that they owe the league $500 for each fixture that they failed to fulfil and they still owe us $1 200 in affiliation fees,” Ruzive said.
lMeanwhile, Railstars fluffed a chance to close in on log leaders Quelaton at the weekend after sharing the spoils with Makhandeni Pirates in a 1-1 draw at home at Raylton Sports Club on Saturday. Quelaton also drew with How Mine at the gold mine with the same score line on Saturday.
The Ruzive-owned Quelaton are six points ahead of Njanji on 65 points as the curtain is almost down on the season.
The two sides are yet to meet in the tie for second half of the season which could be the decider of who gets promotion to the 2012 Premiership if both clubs win their assignments this weekend.
Former Premiership side Bantu Rovers are out of the race after they lost to Power Cosmos 4-3 in Hwange on Sunday while third-placed ZPC Hwange, who are also out of the race, beat Hwange Juniors 1-0 in Hwange on Saturday.
Quelaton meet ZPC Hwange at home, while Railstars are away to Hwange Juniors at the weekend.
In another match played at the weekend, New West City beat Zambezi Lions 1-0 in Victoria Falls.