A Bulawayo magistrate has issued a warrant of arrest against four Zimbabwe Saints players facing assault charges, after they skipped court last week.
Marshal Chirume (43), Norman Jero (32), Forward Choko (31), Fredrick William (23) of Zimbabwe Saints Sports Club and Prosper Kashumba (25), a soldier based at HQ 1 Brigade in Bulawayo, are charged with two counts of assault.
They allegedly assaulted two Bulawayo residents they accused of stealing a cellphone and two pairs of tennis shoes at the Zimbabwe Saints Sports Club.
The five were all out of custody on $50 bail each, but defaulted attending their court case last Thursday.
They had been expected to appear before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove. Mushove had no choice but to issue a warrant of arrest against the footballers.
In an affidavit attached to their court record, club secretary Jabulani Chinyangarara confirmed the four belonged to Zimbabwe Saints.
The court heard that the first complainant in the case is Clayton Shoko (33) of Queens Park East suburb and the second is Stanley Mpehla (33) of Kensington.
It is the State case that the five suspects had a misunderstanding with Shoko whom they accused of stealing a cellphone and two pairs of tennis shoes from the club on June 18.
When Shoko denied the allegations, the five allegedly became violent and assaulted him with sticks and booted feet all over the body.
They made the same accusations against Mpehla and when he denied the allegations, the players assaulted him.
The two victims were taken to hospital for medical examination and treatment.