Stix blasts referees again

HARARE - Black Rhinos coach Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa yesterday launched a stinging attack on match officials alleging there’s a plot against his team following the 0-0 draw against CAPS United on thursday.

Rhinos had to play for over a third of the game a man down after captain and defender Bruce Homora was sent off on 22 minutes following a high foot challenge on CAPS forward Dominic Chungwa.

Referee Brighton Chimene handed Homora a straight red card, meaning that centre back will miss Rhinos’ next two league matches against Highlanders and relegation-threatened Shabanie Mine.

However, Mutizwa felt the decision was a bit harsh as the referee should have produced a yellow card since it was not intentional from Homora.

Last weekend, the Rhinos gaffer blasted match officials after they allowed a contentious Yadah FC equaliser by Brian Mapfumo to stand in a 3-3 draw.

Mutizwa was disappointed that assistant referee Claris Simango, who was also part of the team of referees for the Yadah game, had also been assigned to handle yesterday’s match.

“Maybe what I can say about match officials is I am surprised (that) are there no more referees?” Mutizwa queried.

“We had the same referees who took charge of our game last week versus Yadah today; that woman and the one who was in the centre.”

“And you saw what happened (against Yadah), we were winning 3-2 and he added more added time. They wanted Yadah to equalise and they did that. I’m surprised; is it a plot or what is it against Black Rhinos? I don’t know?”

On the red card incident, Mutizwa said: “We are complaining about the same referees last week and again this week. I think when he raised his red card it was a harsh decision; a straight red card, I don’t know.

“We had chances that we could have scored to win this game. Unfortunately it happens Bruce got a red card but I am happy with how my boys played especially when you consider we were one-man down.

“It’s so difficult but they gave everything and it ended up 0-0; we are happy with that. In as much as we have wanted to win I think a point is better than nothing.”

CAPS United assistant coach Tostao Kwashi felt it was two points dropped after they failed to beat a side that played for a long period with a man down.

“It’s more of two points lost; this is not what we would have wanted. Sometimes when you go hunting you don’t catch big animals and today we couldn’t catch anything but we will take the point although we would have loved to get all the three points,” Kwashi said.

“We just have to stay positive and stay focused for our next matches. We keep working hard in our remaining six matches.”

There was however very little to write home about as both teams struggled for consistency in creating any real scoring chances.

While CAPS United enjoyed a lot of possession after the red card, they could however not turn their dominance into goals.

Instead it was Black Rhinos who created wasted the best chance when Taurai Chigudu shot wide at goal coming through face-to-face with CAPS goalie Edmore Sibanda in the second half.

With the draw CAPS United took their tally to 46 points but remained on fifth place on the log table while Black Rhinos are now on 38 points and dropped to ninth place on the log table.

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