Mutasa, Akbay slam referee

HARARE - Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa and his Highlanders counterpart Erol Akbay were disappointed by the officiating from referee Arnold Ncube during yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Rufaro Stadium.

The result denied DeMbare a chance to go top of the table while Bosso ended a four-game losing streak.

However, Ncube made several questionable decisions throughout the 90 minutes that spoiled what was supposed to be a good entertaining game.

Akbay was disappointed by the fact that Ncube denied Bosso what looked like a genuine penalty when DeMbare defender Phakamani Dube fouled Godfrey Makaruse inside the box.

Instead Ncube booked Makaruse for assimilation.

“We had to win this match because we had so many chances to score. We also had a clear penalty that was not given,” Akbay said.

“How hard do you have to be tackled before you get a penalty? I don’t understand these referees; today he denied us two points, that’s the only thing I know.”

Mutasa on the other hand was disappointed with the red card shown to Christian Ntouba after an off-the-ball incident with Benson Phiri in the second half.

At the same time, Phiri was supposed to have been sent off for slapping Ntouba in an earlier off-the-ball incident before going on to score the equaliser.

“I would not like to say he (Ntouba) did not head butt or he did head butt the player because from the position where I was I could not see clearly,” Mutasa said.

“However, with television replays we are bound to see the replays to see if he did headbutt the opposition player.

“But the same scenario happened right in front of the referee and the young man (Phiri) went scot-free; you then begin to wonder if certain decisions or the ruling differ depending on certain teams. 

“I wouldn’t want to enter a field where I do not have total control over because some people might take you in another manner.

“We have seen this happen before and I think the stakeholders know the reason why they picked the officials to handle the match today.”

Mutasa added: “When you want to be champions, you need to overcome such hurdles (poor officiating) and come up with the three points.”

Bosso captain Rahman Kutsanzira was also not pleased with the officiating either.

“It wasn’t good to be honest with you. He denied us a clear penalty. Their goal I also think it was an offside. The linesman twice hesitated to raise his flag before he put it down,” Kutsanzira said.

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