*By Innocent Muchochomi in Chegutu*
An unruly supporter caused a temporary stoppage in the second half of a Northern Region Soccer League game when he jumped into Pfupajena Stadium and wrestled with visiting Concession goalkeeper after hosting Pirates was presented with a spot-kick to extend a 1- nil score last Saturday.
Veteran Pirates striker Simbarashe Domingo got shy to convert a dubious penalty gifted by the match official in the 60th minute and after the final whistle, Donald Butiro’s first-half cracker was all to talk about.
Butiro won a tussl in the middle of the park and meandered past a slack-marking Concession defense before he unleashed an unstoppable ferocious shot that sent the fans into wild jubilation in the 36th minute.
Pirates upped the tempo in the second half and could have reaped goals had a hooligan not dampened the rhythm by invading the pitch before he confiscated Concession goalie’s plastic water bottle while the visitors were hotly disputing how the referee had awarded a penalty.
In a bid to retrieve his water container, Concession goalie and the hooligan got embroiled in a mini-wrestling bout that ended after Police intervention.
The confusion that ensued was largely condemned by all as testified by how Pirates security marshalls assisted the Police to apprehend the disorderly fan.
Concession Team Manager Timothy Wilson had no kind words for the hostile conduct.
“Violence must not be accepted in a civilized society. We don’t expect this level of barbarism to be in our league at all.”
Even if Pirates performed better compared to their draw against MWOS last weekend, coach Emmanuel “Ras Day”Gutu was not impressed with the win.
“There is no bad win but today’s result is not convincing.”
“Of course, we played better than our previous game but we are still to adapt to the new formation I introduced,” said Ras Day.