A highly-anticipated rivalry match between Dynamos and Highlanders ended prematurely due to fan disturbances.
Dynamos had seized a commanding 2-0 lead by the 37th minute thanks to goals from Keith Madera and Frank Makarati. However, some Highlanders supporters became unhappy with referee Allen Bhasvi’s decisions and began throwing objects onto the pitch in protest.
The situation escalated as Highlanders captain Andrew Memba also reacted angrily towards the official. Concerned for safety, the match commissioner Nelson Kusosa decided to call off the remainder of the game.
It was a disappointing end, as Dynamos had been playing well and looking to build on their early lead. Goalkeeper Taimon Mvula had kept Highlanders at bay with several saves prior to the second goal.
The abandonment marked another difficult result for Highlanders, who had recently conceded six goals over their past two matches against FC Platinum and Chicken Inn. Some adjustment seems needed to shore up their defensive play.
While fan passion runs deep in these historic clashes, resorting to violence and disorder risks undermining the spirit of the competition. Both teams and supporters would have been better served allowing the match to reach its natural conclusion on the field.