Murape blasts derby ref

HARARE - Dynamos captain Murape Murape has complained about the officiating during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against bitter rivals CAPS United at the National Sports Stadium.

Murape feels referee Darlington Shonhiwa was partially responsible for denying Dynamos a win against the Green Machine, arguing his team were victims of biased officiating.

The midfielder believes his side deserved to win the match and Shonhiwa seemed to favour Makepekepe in crucial stages of the game.

Murape gave DeMbare the lead in the first half with a half volley from inside the box but his strike was cancelled out by a spectacular free kick by Makepekepe second half substitute Gerld Phiri.

“It was a derby. I do not know what experience the referee has had in derbies, but you have to put your best refs in. He clearly wasn’t,” Murape told the Daily News after the match.

“I don’t think a draw would have been a fair result. For me, the ref just ruined the game, it seems it was too big for him. He has ruined the match and should not be doing these kind of games.

“We are not happy with the way the referee handled the game. He was always against us on many occasions. Most 50-50 challenges were going against us. Maybe he had a hidden agenda.

“I am disappointed because we expected a free and fair game. I thought as a professional he could have done much better.”

Murape, however, said they have since put the draw behind them and are now looking forward to the next match against the same opponents in the reverse fixture.

“We will not be deterred by that anywhere. We are now looking forward to the reverse fixture. Derbies are difficult to predict but we hope to do well in our next match,” he said.

Although the derby match failed to produce the much expected goals, the draw was however a fair result in a match where fans had turned up in their numbers to rally behind their teams.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa did not put any blame on Shonhiwa and instead focused on his team’s missed chances.

“It was a game of chances. We scored early in the first half and they replied in the second half,” Pasuwa said.

“We missed so many chances in the first half. We also found wanting at times, in most cases we were second to the ball. We will have to go and work on our shortcomings.”

CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro also believed his said could have collected maximum points if they had been accurate in front of goal.

“I think we could have collected maximum,” Mangwiro said after the match.

“We came back a stronger side in the second half. We had an opportunity to have won but unfortunately the conversion was not there. At least we rescued a point.

“Now we have a team that can fight for the title to the end. Unlike in the previous seasons where we succumbed to a goal, today we find our way back. I think we controlled possession and we were only unfortunate not to have won this one.”

Comments (6)

the way you have said it now murape i see your supporters targeting the next ref. he will have a hard time in the coming game. he will come with an attitude either to make you happy or punish you for what you have said. your supporters will watch the following game with an attitude against the ref, whosoever it will be. i think you should have not mentioned that at present as a captain and a peace maker.

s - 15 July 2014

This old man called Murape Murape talks too much!!!!!!!!!!!!! If your feet are old and tired go.

Kuda Muchena - 15 July 2014

you lose a game and report to the police?

shon corner - 15 July 2014

murape is to dynamos what ryan giggs was to manchester united, keep it up monya for hire.

CDE CHURU - 15 July 2014

In any normal football jurisdiction this player would be brought for disciplinary hearing for bringing the game into disrepute. Now in Zimbabwe because he plays for Dynamos not even a word will come from the soccer administrators. What does it say about the intimidation on referees??? Each you referee and Dynamos gets an unfavourable result you get vilified either by players or officials. No wonder Zimbabwe football will never get anywhere.

SHIBHOBHO - 15 July 2014

Shibhobgho anywhere else refs can get a toungue lashing fine there will be a punishment for that which Murape will get, but that does not stop it. Sometimes refs spoil matches and sometimes win games for some teams if you watched the world cups some teams survived because of refs.

Maita Manyuka - 16 July 2014

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