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NGEZI Platinum shot to the top of the Northern Region Division One Soccer League standings after they were awarded three points from the abandoned match against ZRP Morris two weeks ago.

Ngezi were supposed to play ZRP Morris on April 25 but the match was called off after the latter did not bring their player licences.

The Northern Region board met on Saturday where ZRP Morris were found guilty of causing the match abandonment and the match was awarded to Ngezi.

This means that Ngezi are now on pole position with 14 points.

They take over pole position from Black Rhinos, who are now second with 12 points.

The league’s secretary-general, Sweeney Mushonga, confirmed the development and said they were disappointed with what happened when the game was called off.

Mushonga said they would want clubs to fulfil their fixtures instead of teams getting free points.

“We made a decision in terms of our rules and regulations where it states that a team that causes the abandonment of a match loses that match on a 3-0 scoreline and get fined $200.

“The decision was communicated today (yesterday) to the concerned teams.

“As the board we are not happy when points are given out like this, we want matches to be played and decided on the field of play.

“We urge our clubs to be organised. We should not have another match abandoned because of licences, we will not tolerate any further matches being abandoned.

“We believe we have gone past the stage where points are donated,” said Mushonga.

Mushonga said they will not hesitate to take measures against clubs that are found on the wrong side of the rules and they were waiting for the referees report concerning the match between DC Academy and Blue Swallows after reports emerged that there was crowd trouble. Ngezi Platinum coach, Clifton Kadurira, said they will not be carried away by taking over pole position.

“It’s good for us to have those three points but we need to remain focused and not to be carried away by those points and being on top of the table.

“These youngsters need to remain humble and focused,” said Kadurira.

Ngezi drew 2-2 against Cargo Carriers at the weekend.

They got their goals from Terrence Dzukamanja and Gift Chapendeka while Cargo Carriers replied through Tanaka Matenga and Bruce Kaseke.

Source : The Herald