Nyikadzino cries foul

HARARE - Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino was left fuming at referee Nomore Musundire after his side went down 2-1 to Flame Lilly in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.

Flame Lilly got their first goal from James Chivasa in the fifth minute while Virimayi Mukudo scored the second eight minutes from time.

Chapungu got their consolation four minutes before the end through Allan Tavarwisa.

However, Nyikadzino was not pleased with the way Musundire handled the match and felt the referee had an agenda against his team.

Chapungu were reduced to 10-man in 68th minute after Patrick Khumbula was sent off after an argument with Musundire.

The move did not go well with the Chapungu bench and the visitors’ doctor Owen Gawe was also sent off for remonstrating with the fourth official.

After the match Nyikadzino said: “I was not happy with the officiating, how can the referee tell our team manager (Dumisani Mufudze) that he will make sure that we were going to lose.

“This is what he told the team manager when he had gone to complain when our goalkeeper had been elbowed by a Flame Lilly player. I repeat; I’m not happy with this kind of officiating, we could have won this match but the referee played his part in our defeat.”

With yesterday’s defeat, Chapungu dropped to 10th place with 25 points.

Flame Lilly coach Backlyfield Chivenga was happy for getting his first win in eight attempts.

For the first time this season, Flame Lilly are now out of the relegation zone as they moved into 11th place with 18 points after yesterday’s win.

“We have been working so hard and I finally collected my first full set of points as Flame Lilly coach,” said Chivenga.

“I think this is the start of good things and we need to remain consistent in our next league matches."

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