Match official suspended

HARARE - Match official Bongani Gadzikwa has been suspended for “poor officiating” during Sunday’s clash between Dynamos and Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium the Daily News has established.

Gadzikwa and referee Norman Matemera have come under fire for disallowing a Highlanders goal scored by midfielder Edmore Muzanenhamo 10 minutes before the end.

Television replays showed the Bosso midfielder was yards onside when he smashed a volley that could have rescued a 3-3 draw for the Bulawayo giants.

The two officials ruled out the goal much to the disappointment of the Highlanders players and fans.

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) Referees Committee yesterday confirmed they had suspended one of their members for Sunday’s gaffe but refused to name the official.

“The culprit has been suspended pending full investigation of poor performance,” the committee’s vice-chairman Wilfred Mukuna told the Daily News yesterday.

“Our technical team has reviewed the match and appropriate action is in motion. I cannot say much at the moment but will furnish you with full information when we are done.

“Just last week we had a no holds barred meeting with all PSL referees and commissioners to review the past matches up to the recent PSL break.”

After Sunday’s match, Bosso coach Bongani Mafu had no kind words for the referee.

“I think the referee should go and show his grandchildren the video of this match and let them decide,” he said.

“If the referee says I used to referee in Zimbabwe and I officiated in a big game and this is the offside or the thing that I gave and the kids accept that then he can be happy. But if his grandchildren are not happy, I am not happy either.

“I don’t think it was offside. These are the decisions that kill our football. Decisions like that might take Dynamos to the championship.

“Trust me they will be second in Africa because our cousins who give them those favours will not be there.

“So let’s have proper referring here if we are to improve all-round. I am not happy with that seriously.”

The standards of local referees has always been criticised as many club’s especially those playing away cry foul due to home town decisions.

Zimbabwe’s top referee Ruzive Ruzive was last month sent home from the Cosafa Senior Challenge cup in South Africa due to poor officiating.

Ruzive made questionable decisions in the Group B decider between Madagascar and Swaziland in Rustenburg.

Comments (4)

ndezvekupenga izvo ma refrees vakagona havana mhosva ngavadzoke

ak - 2 July 2015

its true bhora rakamwa. let it be replayed on tv kana pane ane nharo. ref kumba

master gellar - 2 July 2015

Leave Gadzikwa alone. Dembare won the match. Highlanders lost the match. Why all this noise today. Simply because Highlanders failed to collect a point against Dynamos. I dont understand the so called ZIFA committee. Commitee for what? How many times have teams been robbed and you had bronze keys stuck on your mouths. When a genuine Dembare goal was disallowed for offside, where were you? Harare city was equally robbed recently in Bulawayo , deserving three points against Highlanders but nothing was done. Is this a ZIFA Referees Commitee or Highlanders Supporters Commiteee? You are unfair? After all your Bosso will never taste the league trophy this year, wait and see. Dembare will thrash them again in Bulawayo just to show that Sunday 's win was not a fluke.

Professor Jonathan - 2 July 2015

they r many colors of whitsles n how can a referee choose a blue whitsle for such a game.

reuben dladla - 3 July 2015

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