IN LIGHT of acts of hooliganism that marred Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches in recent weeks, interim Zifa president Gift Banda, pictured, revealed his executive will take concerted effort to avoid such ugly scenes happening in the future.

Banda was speaking recently in the capital following the reinstatement of the association’s board by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC).

Hooliganism in football reared its ugly head last month, forcing the abandonment of the high-profile match between Dynamos and Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium after the Bulawayo giants took a 1-0 lead.

The disgusting disturbances at Barbourfields Stadium came after another match between Highlanders and FC Platinum was abandoned at Mandava Stadium. There have also been disturbances at various others PSL matches across the country.  

The developments saw PSL, which have been blamed for failure to take decisive action over hooliganism in recent years, calling for a meeting that was attended by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, club security officers, marshals the media as well as stadium owners to seek solution.

“We are assuming office at a time where the in-tray is full of items to be actioned. One of those items is the cancer of hooliganism that is affecting our football,” Banda said.