In a typical smash and grab style, they stripped bare some of the clubs taking away Soccer Star of the Year finalists Charles Sibanda and Bheki Ncube from Motor Action.
The reigning Golden Boot winner, Norman Maroto, did not even think twice about leaving Gunners and so did Highlanders’ Ngodzo brothers Zephaniah and Joel after wads of greenbacks were flashed at them.
Rahman Gumbo was poached from Botswana where he had a secure job at Mochudi Centre Chiefs following the untimely death of Benjamin Moyo in April who was also plucked from the diamond-rich country.
FC Platinum represented an oasis of professionalism in a sea of disorder where top clubs such as Dynamos went for half the season without contracts for players. The platinum miners are the only club with a team flag flying high at the premiership headquarters in Eastlea because they represent professionalism.
But on “Wild Saturday”, FC Platinum decided to throw away professionalism through the window when they refused to use the tunnel at Rufaro before the start of their premiership match against Blue Ribbon.
FC Platinum took us to the bad old days typical of the Wild Wild West, when brute forces treaded the premiership. Remember the days when the late Mercedes Sibanda would scale the fence at Ascot and at times expose his private parts, urinating ostensibly to ward off juju from the giant slayers called Mutsvairo (Chapungu)?
Remember the days when Tapuwa Kapini would storm newrooms and scold everyone who cared to listen following a bad story on him?
We understand the race for the premiership has reached boiling point, but FC Platinum should not stoop so low by refusing to use the tunnel and this applies to every team.
In this age we cannot afford to have clubs that are superstitious. Football is won on the field of play and not by scaling fences or refusing to use the changing rooms. It is such antics that scare away sponsors. These are the antics that make South Africa’s Super Diski a better league than ours.
It is such practices and the tendency by some coaches to select media houses who can be granted post-match interviews that make a mockery of our beloved premiership.
One such example is when Gunners coach Moses Chunga refused to field questions from certain media houses after a league game against Black Mambas.
The premiership board of governors has worked hard to secure the sponsorship and we cannot afford to have teams such as FC Platinum spoiling it for all of us. This should stop.
It is FC Platinum’s Sibanda spilling a urine like fluid at Chicken Inn’s assistant coach Adam Ndlovu before the kick off of their league match at Luveve that scares away sponsors.
We cannot afford to allow teams and players to continue reading the scripts from medieval times. The premiership should descend hard on these culprits.
It is Dynamos’ Denver Mukamba’s pulling of a middle finger at the CAPS United fans that scares the living daylights out of some people and they will not bother coming to watch football matches.
The premiership should take out such bad apples in our league. Football should be a family sport and not a sport where men take time to show their prowess. This also applies to the fans that pour poison to the players on the field or rant obscenities to the few ladies that wear their hardhat area helmets at our stadia each weekend.
BY FANUEL VIRIRI
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