Masomere blasts match officials


MUTARE - Buffaloes gaffer Luke Masomere has blasted the Castle Premiership match officials ahead of his team’s clash with Chicken Inn at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.

Masomere blamed bad officiating for his team’s 5-1 drubbing by Hwange in their league opener but is confident that the Mutare-based soldiers will bounce back this afternoon.

“The Hwange game is water under the bridge now although we still dispute the outcome of the game.

“We feel we were short changed. The referee was very biased towards Hwange,” Masomere told the Daily News on Sunday.

“It does not make sense for a coach of my calibre to complain with the first game of the season but when it’s genuine, I do it so that at least it won’t continue to happen.

“We will not go to Hwange again this season but we want other teams that will go there to get a fair game unlike what transpired with us when we got two red cards unnecessarily and also conceded two unclear goals.”

The nomadic coach said the army side was targeting a top eight finish this season and is confident that there will not be clear favourites this season.

A number of the favourites to land the title this season all faltered as they failed to get maximum points on the opening weekend.

Masomere said the relegation of three Harare teams; Motor Action, Black Mambas and Monomotapa last season, was good for the league as the game is now widespread across the country.

“Previously, we would have the finest players concentrated in Harare because that’s where most of the teams were but now we have good players also scattered across the country,” Masomere observed.

“It makes football very interesting.”

Buffaloes will have to take on the Gamecocks without their new striker Evans Gwekwerere, who missed last week’s trip to Hwange, as he was injured on Wednesday.

Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields), Buffaloes v Chicken Inn (Sakubva), Triangle United v Chiredzi (Gibbo, SS), Dynamos v ZPC Kariba (National Sports Stadium), Black Rhinos v Chapungu (Rimuka).

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