Contentious Mutuma brace sinks Chiredzi

HARARE – Chiredzi coach Gishon Ntini blamed referee Rugare Kusosa of biased officiating after his side fell 2-0 to Dynamos after a disputed Roderick Mutuma brace here yesterday.

Mutuma, who missed DeMbare’s last three matches through suspension for fighting with club captain Murape Murape, returned to the fold with two hotly-disputed goals that ensured the champions open a three point lead at the top of the table and thrust themselves as favourites for a fourth straight title.

Chiredzi also finished the match with 10 men after Gift Kwaramba was sent off for protesting to the match official Kusosa after he let the second goal stand.

“I was impressed with the performance of my players,” Ntini said.

“I however feel those were clear two off-sides. I am not taking anything away from Dynamos, they played well. But those two goals to me they are not clear goals at all.

“The red card was just unfortunate. I think the ground was not level.”     

While Chiredzi were livid over the poor officiating, Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said:

“We should have scored more goals. In the past years we have been winning on goal aggregate and I felt this is one match we could have scored more goals.

“We created a number of good scoring opportunities but we didn’t make use of them. It’s one area we need to talk about. We are happy with the three points.”

Dynamos, who were dealt an early blow after midfielder enforcer Devon Chafa got injured during warm-up, started on the front foot and they could have taken the lead as early as the first minute but Chiredzi keeper Stephen Chimusoro did well to thwart a Tafadzwa Rusike square ball from the left side.

It was not far before Mutuma put DeMbare ahead from what appeared to be a clear off-side position. Somehow the referee let the goal stand much to the discontent of Chiredzi players.

The Glamour Boys went on to create a number of scoring opportunities but Mutuma, Simba Sithole and Ronald Chitiyo were wasteful.

Chiredzi had their chances too but they were denied by Dynamos goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi or found their defence at its best.

The second half saw Chiredzi enjoyed a lion’s share of possession but it was DeMbare who doubled their lead through Mutuma, who was again in an off-side position after getting to the end of a Chitiyo through ball.

The goal was heavily disputed by Chiredzi players and in the process earned Kwaramba a red card and a yellow card for captain David Sengu.

With the Glamour Boys enjoying a one-man advantage, they went on to create a number of scoring chances but they couldn’t turn it into goals.

Meanwhile, Dynamos yesterday fielded Congolese forward Fabrice Mbimba despite leakage of an explicit video of him exposing his private parts in a bathroom tab.

In scenes normally witnessed on popular reality show Big Brother, Mbimba is seen in the 39 seconds video filming his private parts whilst sitting in a bathtub.

The striker has been struggling to hit the back of the net at Dynamos since arriving at the Zimbabwe champions in June on a one-year contract.


Dynamos: Artwell Mukandi, Blessing Moyo, Ocean Mushure, Themba Ndlovu, Augustine Mbara, Sydney Linyama (Cliff Sekete, 60m), Walter Mukanga, Tafadzwa Rusike (Patrick Kumbula, 71m), Roderick Mutuma (Fabrice Mbimba, 57m), Simba Sithole, Ronald Chitiyo.

Chiredzi: Stephen Chimusoro, Muchineripi Muneri, Ronald Maketo, Tawanda Mpungu, Munashe Chimembeza, Tawanda Muyendi, Sam Msimbu (Scholar Hadebe, 74m), Trevor Ndlovu (Shingirai Tsuro, 77m), Tatenda Kanyemba, David Maketo, Gift Kwaramba.

Comments (2)

Whilst we appreciate the win,the players should know that they badly need many goals to wipe the goal difference that separates them and Bosso should another tie on points occur again this season.

GLAMOURBOY - 4 September 2014

The problem with people who came from washing team uniforms to coaching is they don't apply coaching practically and hence will complain about offside but ask him what does the offside rule say and then apply it, anofunga kuti defender akasiya striker ega I offside, little does he not know that there are players who time their run and also the line of defenders determine.

maita - 4 September 2014

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