Bunjira outraged by Nyahwa’s tackle on her son during Harare derby

Former Warriors and CAPS United winger Alois Bunjira has criticized Dynamos’ Shadreck Nyahwa’s tackle on his son Junior during Sunday’s Harare derby in Rufaro, describing it as “heartbreaking and unsportsmanlike”.

Nyahwa lashed out at Junior during the second half of the derby, with the two city rivals eventually settling for a share of the spoils.

Referee Brighton Chimene showed Nyahwa a yellow card, much to the ire of Bunjira, who deemed the challenge dangerous and worthy of a sending off.

“So today I’ve been getting phone calls and text messages with people asking me about Junior Bunjira’s fitness after that brutal two-foot-behind tackle on Shadreck Nyahwa. Junior has a swollen and bruised ankle and is in pain. CAPS United doctors are monitoring the injury,” Bunjira wrote in his Facebook page.

“I’m not sure how and why Nyahwa didn’t receive a straight red card and sending off after that cruel, bone-breaking tackle from behind. That is a direct red card infringement. I don’t know whether to say “fortunately” because there was no luck in that tackle…but fortunately the tackle didn’t break Junior’s legs.

“My intestines moved in horror when I saw that cruel entrance. I have to be honest, I don’t know what he would do if she had broken Junior’s leg, but all I know is that he would have possibly jumped onto the field to retaliate.

“There is no sportsmanship when a player intentionally breaks another’s legs. Injuries are part of football. I played soccer and I know all about it, but when someone intentionally tries to break another player’s leg, it stops being sportsmanship and it’s just a game of soccer. I don’t think he would be a sportsman if he had broken the kid’s legs.

“I think that referees should be attentive to this type of tackle on the field and footballers with these types of actions should be sent off. That’s not football.

“Talent must be protected and the brutal must be eliminated, not because Junior is my son, but because I speak on behalf of all the victims of such brutality. As I wish Junior a speedy recovery, I hope Nyahwa apologizes,” he added.