HIGHLANDERS FC goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya (pictured) was on Sunday arrested for rowdy behaviour after demanding free entry into Babourfields (BF) Stadium during the home’s team’s league match with Caps United.
Bosso won the match 4-0, but the shotstopper had been dropped from the 18-member squad, to make way for Ariel Sibanda.
Sources told Southern Eye that Diya failed to produce identity particulars and became rowdy demanding free entry into the stadium before the match kicked off.
He was forced to miss the game and was released after paying an admission of guilt fine, sources close to the club said.
“Diya was arrested just before the Highlanders and Caps United match at the entrance,” a Highlanders official said.
“He was asked to produce his identification, but he failed. He became rowdy before he was arrested and taken to Mzilikazi Police Station.
“He was released after the match.”
Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed the arrest, but said it was for parking in a prohibited space at BF.
Diya has been starting for Highlanders ahead of former Young Warriors goalkeeper Sibanda since last season.
However, the usually reliable shotstopper was benched after a howler against Chicken Inn at BF last Thursday that cost the Bulawayo giants three points.
Diya wept uncontrollably after the match from the blunder that came four minutes into added time that earned Chicken Inn a point.
He did well to come out of his goal area to make a clearance from a Chicken Inn counter-attack, but after he headed the ball and attempted to clear. Diya slipped and miscued with GameCocks substitute George Majika capitalising to lob the ball into the nets.
Diya had also been blamed for a mistake that allowed Hwange to equalise against Bosso in another league match at BF.