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A GROUP of Yadah FC supporters manhandled visiting Tsholotsho fans for singing songs denigrating their club’s owner, PHD Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya as violent scenes marred the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Morris Depot yesterday.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
With the match seemingly headed for a stalemate, a group of excited Tsholotsho fans camped near the VIP enclosure where they started singing songs about Yadah FC and its recent signings, Dennis Dauda and Roderick Mutuma.
However, all hell broke loose when they started singing about Magaya as the visiting Tsholotsho fans were set upon by angry Yadah fans right in front of the VIP enclosure.
One of the Tsholotsho fans was targetted by the angry mob and attacked with clenched fists before the police intervened.
The violent skirmishes, however, did not affect the smooth flow of the match which, petered out into a tame draw as both teams failed to convert the numerous chances they created.
Tsholotsho had the best chance of the first half after bustling striker Nqobile Mpala’s header crashed onto the underside of the crossbar before bouncing back into play in the 36th minute.
Yadah had earlier come close to breaking the deadlock, with Johannes Sibanda making a mazy run from the right before his low shot was saved by the Tsholotsho goalie Chang Mariyoni.
Veteran Jonathan Chitereki’s shot was also brilliantly saved by Mariyoni after a very clever one-two with Mutuma.
Tsholotsho employed a more cautious approach after Yadah took control of the match after the break, with Mutuma beginning to enjoy more possession.
The former Highlanders player watched his freekick sailing just wide of goal before his searching cross from the right after a good run found no takers.
Mutuma also had a header cleared off the line from a goalmouth scramble moments later.
Tsholotsho, however, were grateful for their point away from home although they remain winless in 20 matches.