Ref hogs limelight as Platinum lift Chibuku Cup

ZVISHAVANE - Referee Norman Matemera yesterday courted controversy again as FC Platinum beat Harare City in a hotly disputed match to win the Chibuku Super Cup 3-1 on penalties at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

Harare City players grudgingly took to the medals podium in protest against poor match officiating after Matemera gifted Platinum with a highly questionable equaliser from Walter Musona.

The effort by Musona didn’t seem to have crossed the line.

With Harare City, facing relegation in the Castle Premiership, heading to a famous win through Talent Chawapiwa’s goal in the 38th minute, Matemera waited for second assistant Oscar Bumha to signal for goal.

The Sunshine Boys’ coach Masimba Dinyero cried foul after the game. 

“We played well but the referee had other ideas,” Dinyero said after the match.

“We lost not because we played badly but the referee had his own input.”

In the penalty lottery, Platinum missed their first spot kick with Thabani Kamusoko sending his effort over the bar while Raymond Uchena responded with a similar effort for City.

Platinum then went on to convert through Kelvin Moyo Walter Musona and Rapheal Muduviwa while Maxwell Nyamupanedengu and Osbourne Mukuradare failed to find the target for City with only Timire Mamvura scoring for Masimba Dinyero’s men.

Harare City tore the form book apart for most of the match, dictating pace from the start with their midfield duo of Tendai Ngulube and James Jam compact. Their long ball approach resonated well with the slippery surface after rains pounded Zvishavane on Saturday.

Platinum struggled to play their passing game and could have found themselves a goal down as early as the fourth minute but Matemera denied City a penalty when Gift Bello handled inside the box.

The platinum miners slowly clawed back into the game with Obrey Chirwa getting on to the end of an Allen Gahadzikwa header but hit the crossbar with an empty net yawning in front of him.

Teams

Platinum: Petros Mhari, Raphael Muduviwa, Elvis Moyo, Gift Bello, Kevin Njabulo Moyo, Obrey Chirwa, Donald Ngoma, Tatenda Dzumbunu, Allen Gahadzikwa, Thabani Kamusoko, Walter Musona.

Harare City: Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye, David Kutyauripo, Ngulube, Dickson, Arnold Chivheya, Osborne Mukuradare, James Jam, Agrippa Murimba, Francisco Zekumbawira, Talent Chawapiwa.

Comments (3)

KKK,Masimba you should know its not yet over before its over ,you allowed FC Platinum to come back more determined and remember ''fortune favours the brave''.Do not cry foul when you packed the bus the entire second half ,tacticaly Mapeza prevailed over you.Well refereeing will always be subject to losers but tough lucky try next time.

sinyoro - 17 November 2014

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