Gumede defends under-fire referee

HARARE - Zimbabwe Referees Association chairman Ndumiso Gumede has jumped to the defence of referee Bekezela Makeka, who handled the hotly-disputed match between Highlanders and Triangle at Barbourfields Stadium, won 1-0 by the hosts.

Former Highlanders boss Gumede said Sunday's match is one of many examples were referees are made to bear the blame for players’ indiscipline.

The incident-filled match that has created heated debate due to its bearing on the destiny of the Castle Premiership title ended after 116 minutes with Highlanders scoring the solitary winning goal through Ozias Zibande deep into added time.

Triangle had two players, Limited Chikafa and Blessing Chipula, sent off by referee Makeka alongside coach Gishon Ntini. Makeka added 16 minutes of injury time, apparently to compensate for the time Triangle players spent protesting decisions.

Amidst the drama, a fuming Ntini at one time ordered his players off the field.

When play finally resumed, Triangle goalkeeper Chipula fell to the ground unchallenged, causing further delay.  He received a second yellow card for time wasting.

“The situation is simple and this is all contained in Law 5, bullet eight on the powers and duties of referees,” Gumede told the Daily News yesterday.

“What we learn there is that if a goalkeeper is injured the referee must allow for his treatment for the time it takes, unless he sees that the matter is getting too and he advices the team that ‘why don’t you substitute.’

“Now here comes the catch.

For all that time that the goalkeeper is lying injured, that time is added on. That is why it is no longer called optional time, its added time for all the unnecessary and the uncontrollable stoppages.

“Now whether it takes 20 minutes, two minutes the referee must add that time.  People pay for 90 minutes of actions not 70 minutes of playing fools.

“Let’s go back to yesterday (Wednesday’s) match, I’m told the game was stopped for more than 16 minute and that when 90 minutes came up, the fourth official showed everybody that they will be 16 minutes added time. By the way it’s the referee who tells the fourth official how many minutes he stopped play for. We have our signs.

“In that match they were a number of incidences, one was when Limited Chikafa, who when he saw he was going to be substituted, he moved from where he was then he went to the far corner until he got a second yellow resulting in red. This is all down to indiscipline. When Chikafa was coming off, the goalkeeper, who was not even touched, decided to fall down and unfortunately he got a yellow card.

“In fact, as coaches and trainers of referees, we have come to watch soccer not referees and if at the end of the match the referee is the talking point then we have a problem.  But in this occasion, we now have crop of people spoiling for a fight and our only protection as referees is Law 5,” he said.

Gumede added that discontenting voices accusing the referee of bias in Wednesday’s match are “people who do not understand the rules of the game.”

“If you are arriving in South Africa, there are times when a little dog runs around all the bags that come out of the airport, and if they smell something that dog stops,” said the Gumede, who is also the Zifa vice-president.

“Now, if you bring your little dog from Mabvuku, do you think that dog will able to dictate what’s in that bag? The referees are trained, not initiated into understanding football rules. They are trained, let them do their job. I don’t mind if you are journalist or a simple supporter let them do their job.

“Remember the referee has one chance to make a decision. We are lucky to review, but referees have no second chances. Let us give them benefit of the doubt and not measure them against our seven and eight replays.”

Comments (14)

well said,end of story.

mofdada - 15 November 2013

Thanks baba Gumede. AmaDembare must just shut up and play the game to retain the championship not to come up with these silly theories of referees conniving to plot Dembare downfall. Murape Murape we dnt expect such mediocre assertions from a respected footballer like you. Dont insult our respect for you.

nduku - 15 November 2013

But how did the referee know that the goalkeeper was not injured from previous clashes with other players. Even at international level we see that happening but instead of producing cards, the referees normally call Medics to assist the goal keeper. Gumede who used to be vocal against match fixing is now supporting it because his team is now the culprit.

Mbatatisi - 15 November 2013

Gumede came fm Highlanders, that is where his roots are. O Gumede are the true Ndebeles those of the inner circle, abazukulu bakaMzilikazi. Kathule masende akhe. Bonke lo Ken Ndebele, everyone knows they came fm and support Amahlolanyama

Charles Hondoyi - 15 November 2013

Umgodhoyi Gumede, maziso anenge embudzi... U are killing Zimbabwean soccer, left right and centre, nxaaaaaaaaaaa

Gabilondo - 15 November 2013

akaregerei pamatemera kudefender kudaro after hotly disputed 6 minutes nhy ...stupid gumede

balo da king - 15 November 2013

remove him from office in the next elections.

tony - 15 November 2013

This article was written by a biased reporter, who must be a Dembare supporter. 90mins plus 16 mins is equal to 106mins not 116 mins, bullshit!

simpson - 15 November 2013

gUMEDE, your tone needs to be toned down for such a high office.... Everyone knows you are Bosso but as a leader, u need to be objective hey.

Gabilondo - 15 November 2013

madembare shut up. makarova macoach eHwange, match delayed by 45minutes, pahearing mukadyiwa and appealed mukapiwa mapoints akaita kuti mutore championship. So vanambwa imi nyararai.

demame - 15 November 2013

mukapiwa mapoints akaita kuti mutore championship. So vanambwa imi nyararai. is that a crime . so you wanted him to come from where. just shut up.

demame - 15 November 2013

Dynamos should just deliver results for themselves not to wait other teams to do it for them or to expect results from other matches,they had shabanie to beat and they failed at home.Remember that Matemera ref at Rufaro when Bosso played Dembare,he added extra minutes on top of the extra time until dembare scored but thats what happens in football.Bosso had to take that into their strides and move on,now they top the log.If Dynamos are serious,then they should be thinking about Chicken inn who pose a serious threat to their championship aspirations rather than crying foul on a referee's decision which we all know is final.Dindingwe rinonaka richakweva rimwe nhaika,kana rava iro rokweviwa roti mavara azara ivhu.How many times have we seen dynamos benefiting from dubious refereeing especially in Rufaro.Tambai bhora madhimbare,win matches on your own,kana muchigona rovai Chicken inn on Sunday motoraka league yacho.Shabanie makaitadza mega on Sunday pa home,who do you blame then.Leave the referees to do their job and do your job on the field of play.Ane nzeve anzwa.

Mombe - 15 November 2013

you should have said the same thing on the highlanders and dynamos game Mr Gumede. instead you went on rapped the referee of the day. So what do you think people will say. this time you are supporting the Highlander/Triangle referee but didnt do the same to the dynamos/highlanders referee, Food for thought mr chairman

soccerdisaster - 15 November 2013

What comment can we expect from Gumede. He is Highlanders through and through. But Remember Mr Gumede God is for us all. Mark my words Highlanders is coming to be roasted by City. The best it can achieve is a draw and guess what Huku mukati wil be beaten and Dynamos back at the summit and it will be a point of no return to ssecond position.

Dickson Tambayi - 16 November 2013

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