Following a dispute over a final score, a 22-year-old Bulilima man is battling for life after he was reportedly struck with an ax by a member of a rival soccer team.

According to reports, Msingisi Ncube (28) of Cingo Village under Headman Ndolwane in Bulilima district, Matabeleland South allegedly struck Fidelis Dube once on the head with an ax and the latter sustained a deep cut.

Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena said the incident occurred last Saturday at around 7 PM.

“I can confirm that Dube was struck on the head with an axe and was rushed to Plumtree District Hospital. Dube and Ncube were playing football at Cingo Village on January 30 and the match ended as a 2-2 all draw.

Dube claimed they had won the match and this triggered Ncube to pick up an ax and hit Dube with the ax handle on the chest.

“The fight was controlled and when Ncube left, Dube followed him armed with a claw hammer,” said Insp Mangena.

Insp Mangena said Ncube overpowered Dube and struck him with an ax on the head. Ncube was arrested and is assisting police with investigations.

“Ncube managed to disarm Dube and he struck him with the axe on the head and he sustained a deep cut on the head before he was rushed to the hospital,” she said.

Inspector Mangena warned members of the public against breaking the law by defying lockdown regulations.

“In the first place, the soccer match defied the ban of public gatherings and sporting activities,”  she said.


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