By Judith Sibanda
Dete, May 14, 2016 – THE future of one of Bulawayo’s top teams was on Friday left in disarray after eight of its players suffered fractures when their bus overturned at a blind spot along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road.
The mishap happened just after Ivory Camp grid, an area popularly known by locals as KoMathuthu.
Former Zimbabwe Football Association for Southern region, Morgan Dube confirmed the incident adding that the Bulawayo Chiefs players in Division One was heading to the resort town to play against Victoria Falls Pirates this Saturday.
“The league match was meant to take place at Chinotimba Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) at 3PM against Victoria Falls Pirates.
“We were now on final touch ups and we were saddened to learn that they had been involved in an accident while some were severely injured. We are finding it hard to come into terms with,” said Dube.
Details of the accident were sketchy, but an official said the Iveco they were in veered off the road and overturned after the driver failed to negotiate the curves.
“Bulawayo Chiefs has been involved in an accident about 80 kilometers from Hwange on their way to Victoria Falls. So far 3 have been rushed to Hwange Colliery hospital after being seriously injured while others suffered fractures with some sustaining slight injuries. Motorists are helping and the bus is badly injured. It is said the driver was speeding at 120 – 140 kilometers per hour and failed to negotiate a curve…” read part of the statement adding that some had already been taken to X-ray.
However, the local chief has called for urgent cleansing at the area as the place has been a bad death trap mainly last year claiming lives of people and animals.
“Last year in October four people died at the same spot while 20 were injured after Extra City bus collided with a haulage truck.
“Few months before, another haulage truck also struck two elephants that were crossing the road same place as well. The curve is dangerous and it becomes difficult for drivers to control the car in that curve.
“Few years ago, another woman also perished at the same curve together with her child after failing to control the steering wheel and hence a need to cleanse the place because these accidents happen if front of people who have their homesteads along the road. The list is endlessness to us who grew up here,” said chief Dingani/Nelukoba.