Dubious penalty helps Dynamos

HARARE - FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was left furious with the referee after watching his side go down to Dynamos through a controversial Ocean Mushure late penalty yesterday.

The defending champions were awarded a penalty after referee Ruzive Ruzuve adjudged Platinum defender James Marufu to have pulled down Dynamos striker Simba Sithole inside the box.

Left-back Ocean Mushure eased the pressure on his under-fire coach Calisto Pasuwa, beating Petros Mhari from 18 yards, condemning the platinum miners to a second consecutive defeat.

Mutasa's men lost by the same margin to Buffaloes last week.

“I cannot say much about this game, but with this kind of officiating, I think we are not in the right direction in as far as the development of the game is concerned in this country,” fumed Mutasa.

“It seems matches are now decided by officials, it’s not about FC Platinum losing to Dynamos, but referees must be more professional if we want to develop the game.”

Mutasa’s opposite number, Pasuwa, refused to comment on the officiating. He said:

“About officiating, I can’t say anything. However, we did not play well, we failed to utilise chances but we managed to collect three points. We need to work on our striking force in our next game and maintain a winning formula.”

The Zvishavane side looked more threatening in the opening half with ZNA Charity Cup hero Allen Gahadzikwa initiating the raids from the middle of the park.

Gahadzikwa, who grabbed a brace in his side's 3-2 win over Highlanders over the weekend, linked up well with Qadr Amini on the left hand side to give troubling Dynamos fullback Bkessing Moyo.

Warriors goalkeeper George Chigova was called into action in the 52nd minute as he parried a Thabani Kamusoko stinging free kick as the visitors continued to threaten the Dynamos goal.

Pasuwa would react by making a double substitution on 54 minutes, pulling out the ineffective Washington Pakamisa and Tichaona Mabvura for Patrick Khumbula and Cliff Sekete.

The move almost paid dividends as moments later Stephen Alimenda saw his acrobatic shot being tipped over by Platinum goalkeeper.

Dynamos continued to dominate possession in the middle of the park with Tafadzwa Rusike and Ronald Chitiyo combining to good effect.

The home side was awarded a penalty in the 85th minute after striker Simba Sithole was pulled down inside the area by Platinum defender Marufu and Mushure beat Petros Mhari from 18yards.

Njabulo Ncube wasted the best chances the platinum miners created.

The former Highlanders forward could have broken the deadlock on the stroke of halftime after being teed-up by the lively Marshall Mudehwe but failed to control the ball.

Dynamos held on for the moral boosting win to ease the pressure on under-fire coach Pasuwa.

TEAMS

Dynamos: George Chigova, Blessing Moyo,  Ocean Mushure, Partson Jaure, Temba Ndlovu, Stephen Alimenda, Ronald Chitiyo, Tafadzwa Rusike, Tichaona Mabvura (Cliff Sekete, 55m) Simba Sithole, Washington Pakamisa (Patrick Khumbula, 54m).

Platinum: Petros Mhari, Qadr Amini, Simon Shoko, James Marufu, Thabani Kamusoko, Allen Gahadzikwa (Wisdom Mutasa, 61m), Marshall Mudehwe, Donald Ngoma, Njabulo Ncube (Tarisai Rukanda, 51m), Mitchell Katsvairo.

Comments (3)

Alwyn Mabehla i think you specialise in reporting events as they unfold and not make emotional judgements on issues that are beyond your control.Where was your term "DUBIOUS PENALTY" when Mutasa benefitted in the Independence trophy final,your reporting leaves a lot to be desired.

GLAMOURBOY - 23 May 2014

'dubious penalty'Imimi va Aruwayin iMabebwa whatever yu are called.yu knw nothing about judging yu are jus a whistle of reporting so young man revise your journalism text.

mafana - 23 May 2014

I dont see the dubious part in the story.i quote'' FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was left furious with the referee after watching his side go down to Dynamos through a controversial Ocean Mushure late penalty yesterday. The defending champions were awarded a penalty after referee Ruzive Ruzuve adjudged Platinum defender James Marufu to have pulled down Dynamos striker Simba Sithole inside the box''. and ''The home side was awarded a penalty in the 85th minute after striker Simba Sithole was pulled down inside the area by Platinum defender Marufu and Mushure beat Petros Mhari from 18yards. seems like the reporter head of the story from FC Platinum supporters and decided to come up with a report.instead this is a dubious article

Ndezveikoko - 23 May 2014

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