Mangwiro cries foul over referee

HARARE - CAPS United Taurai Mangwiro cried foul over the weekend alleging that match officials influenced his team's 2-1 defeat to FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

The loss was Makepekepe’s first defeat of the new season and Mangwiro alleges that Chiredzi referee Masakadza Makonese and his assistants played an influential part in handing the home side the three points.

Mangwiro was incensed by Makonese’s decision to disallow a Dominic Chungwa first half goal for offside.

The score line was still 0-0 at the time the goal was disallowed and Mangiwiro feels the match could had turned out differently. 

“Normally I don’t complain about match officials but if we don’t speak out against this then who will do so?” asked Mangwiro after the match.

“It’s not about Mangwiro or CAPS United losing to FC Platinum but it’s about where we are taking our game.

“It’s about where we are heading as a nation. It’s these small things if left unaddressed that affect our game.”

Mangwiro’s concerns come at a time when other host of Castle Premiership coaches have complained about the conduct of match officials in these opening matches of the 2014 season.

Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri was left fuming after his side’s 2-1 loss to How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium on Friday.

“The match officiating was very bad and the referee gifted them with two goals. All the same we have to pull up our socks because we played way below par especially in midfield,” said Phiri.

“This is the second time that we have come here to Bulawayo and have match officials aiding teams to win. Against Highlanders they got two soft penalties in the first half and in our game against How Mine the second goal should have been ruled out for offside."

After Sunday’s defeat to Dynamos, Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi said: “The referee was not fair, he gave yellow cards to our key players early into the match and they were now very cautious. Even some of the decisions against us were questionable.”

Harare referee Ruzive Ruzive was at the centre of a controversy at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma on Saturday in the match between Black Rhinos and Chiredzi FC.

Ruzive adjudged that Beavan Chikaka’s strike had crossed the line but replays on television showed otherwise.

Match officials were also the talking point in the Triangle and Chicken Inn match that ended 1-1 at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.

Buffaloes coach Luke Masomere bemoaned poor officiating in his first match of the season against against Hwange which his side lost 5-1 at the Colliery.

Masomere alleging that referee Hardly Ndazi made questionable decisions to spur the coal miners to victory.

“When I complained it was not about Masomere but it was for the good of our game. I said it will not only be at the Colliery where this will happen but everywhere else and these things need to be addressed," said Masomere.

Comments (1)

offside is very debatable Mangwiro especially if you don't have video evidence because many teams have been robbed by this off side decisions even in the world cup, la liga, Bundesliga, EPL and Italian leagues so if you score and the score is denied it does not stop you from scoring again.

Maita Manyuka - 29 April 2014

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