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PSL Expel Herentals From League

THE Premier Soccer League has expelled Herentals Football Club from the top-flight league for breaching their statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary courts.


The landmark decision comes just a few days after the Harare club won an appeal which saw them maintain their league status.

The club approached the High Court when they were charged with influencing the outcome of their match against Black Rhinos in October last season.

They later withdrew the case and appealed with the Zifa Appeals Committee.

But the PSL say the club had already breached their statutes.

The Students have also been slapped with a ZWL100 000 fine.

According to the PSL, Herentals pleaded guilty to the offence.

At the time of withdrawal, Herentals owner Innocent Benza acknowledged that they were wrong to take football matters to the High Court.

“We’ve been thinking about how we reacted to the initial decision by the PSL disciplinary committee, especially our decision to file a High Court application to challenge the verdict,” he said.

“We felt we took the wrong decision because the rules and regulations are very clear that football matters should be dealt with within the channels set up for such issues.

“By taking our case to the High Court, we could have, unknowingly, appeared to be challenging the game and everything that it stands for and on reflection that was a wrong move.

“Football matters should not be taken to court and there is a reason why those who came up with that pronouncement did so because the game has channels which are there to deal with any issue that might arise.

“This is why we are withdrawing our case from the High Court so that we give the channels, open for the resolution of our case in football, a chance to do their work,” Benza said

Defiant Herentals Vow To Appeal Guilty Verdict

Herentals Football Club have scoffed at the PSL decision to find them guilty of manipulating their match against Black Rhinos on the 19th of October 2019 and have vowed to exhaust all legal options available to prove their innocence.

The “Students” were found guilty of contravening Order 31.1.3 of the Castle Lager PSL Rules and Regulations. The PSL Disciplinary Committee fined Herentals ZWL300 000. In addition, in line with Article 18(2) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code 2019, the result of the match in question is forfeited.

The fine of ZWL300 000, together with the costs of the hearing, shall be paid by Herentals on or before the 31st January 2020. In the event that the club fails to meet this deadline, the club will be banned from all football-related activities for a period of 10 years

At the same hearing, Herentals official Oliver Chirenga was found guilty of being corrupt, dishonest and unlawful concerning the Herentals-Rhinos match. He was accused of inducing and handing over a bribe to Rhinos official Gift Kamuriwo.

The Disciplinary Committee fined Chirenga ZWL20 000. In addition he is banned from all football-related activities for a period of 10 years starting from the 1st of January 2020. Chirenga shall not be allowed to watch football or be anywhere near any football stadium in Zimbabwe.

Black Rhinos official Kamuriwo was also found guilty of soliciting and receiving a bribe to influence the said match. The Disciplinary Committee banned him from all football-related activities for a period of 3 years starting on the 1st of January 2020. One year of this period is suspended on condition that he pays a fine of ZWL10 000 on or before the 31st of January 2020.

Herentals Secretary General Fainos Madhumbu says they will definitely appeal against the decision. “We are shocked by the judgement. The law of evidence has been rendered useless. We are definitely going to appeal against their decision”

Herentals finished the 2019 season on 41 points, just 1 point above Chapungu, who occupied the fourth and last relegation slot. With the 3 points docked by the PSL, Herentals could eventually sink into Division One with Chapungu possibly getting another dance in the PSL.

This however will be subject to PSL ratification.