Raymond Jaravaza/ Trisa Ray Sibanda
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is ready to weed out hooligans disguised as Highlanders fans bent on disturbing the peace in Sunday’s match against Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium.
Law enforcement authorities say they are aware that genuine Bosso fans simply want to enjoy the game but some elements were planning to cause crowd trouble by organising a ‘demonstration’ on match day.
The two giants of Zimbabwean football meet for a potentially mouthwatering encounter at the Theatre of Dreams – Barbourfields Stadium- for the second time this year.
Bosso beat DeMbare 1-0 on 18 April as the country celebrated 42 years of independence.
Faceless social media elements have been instigating Bosso supporters to walk out of the stadium in the 70th minute to demonstrate against the club leadership.
“As the police, we are aware that some elements on social media are instigating peace-loving fans to engage in unruly behaviour outside Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
“Highlanders supporters are not unruly as portrayed by the social media villagers whose objective is to cause anarchy and paint the whole club with the same brush,” said Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube.
He said the police would not stand by and watch while a few elements disturb the peace on Sunday.
“We as the ZRP will be there to protect lives and property, anyone going to BF purporting to be a fan yet is a criminal will meet his day.
“We urge Highlanders fans to continue showing the world that they are peace-loving and expose any hooligan dressed in the Highlanders kit,” he said.