Bosso blow chance to go top at half­way

Chicken Inn in trou­ble for pitch raid

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CAS­TLE Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn will be charged for their of­fi­cials’ con­duct of storm­ing the pitch dur­ing their 0-1 loss to FC Plat­inum last week­end.

Chicken Inn of­fi­cials charged at Gweru-based ref­eree Thomas Masaa dur­ing the game at White City Sta­dium last Satur­day, ac­cus­ing him of bi­ased of­fi­ci­at­ing after he de­nied them what they be­lieved was a penalty.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the 76th minute after an FC Plat­inum de­fender ap­peared to have han­dled in­side the box and as­sis­tant ref­eree Os­car Bume flagged for the of­fence and then po­si­tioned him­self for the spot-kick, only for Masaa to award a free-kick out­side the box.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Chicken Inn play­ers mobbed Bume be­fore an equally in­censed coach Rah­man Gumbo charged at the ref­eree to re­mon­strate against his de­ci­sion.

The match was stopped for about five min­utes be­fore striker Obidiah Tarumbwa took the free-kick in the 81st minute. Chicken Inn of­fi­cials con­fronted Masaa, who was un­der po­lice pro­tec­tion, at the end of the match.

Chicken Inn are likely to face mis­con­duct charges un­der the league’s rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Part of Ar­ti­cle 31 of the PSL rules and reg­u­la­tions says a club faces pun­ish­ment if “it fails to pro­tect match of­fi­cials against acts, at­tempted acts of vi­o­lence or any other form of abuse be­fore, dur­ing or after the match”.

PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kennedy Nde­bele said he had re­ceived the match of­fi­cial’s re­port and Chicken Inn’s charge sheet was be­ing pre­pared.

“We’re in pos­ses­sion of the ref­eree and match com­mis­sioner’s re­ports and we are go­ing to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against the club. They will be sum­moned for a hear­ing and should have their summons by to­mor­row (to­day),” Nde­bele said.

Chicken Inn sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tawengwa Hara said his club would re­act to PSL’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee after their mat­ter has been heard by Zifa.

“We wrote to Zifa vice-pres­i­dent (Omega Sibanda) com­plain­ing of poor match of­fi­ci­at­ing against FC Plat­inum and we’re now wait­ing for the mother body to deal with the mat­ter be­fore at­tend­ing to what the PSL are plan­ning. Ac­tu­ally we won­der why we are be­ing charged by the PSL be­cause the ref­eree in ques­tion has to raise his com­plaints through the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee, which is not in ex­is­tence. Nev­er­the­less, we’ll wait and see the charge sheet, but we still be­lieve that we don’t have a case to an­swer,” Hara said.

High­landers 0-0 Tri­an­gle United HIGH­LANDERS coach Erol Ak­bay heaved a huge sigh of re­lief after his team got a point fol­low­ing a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance against vis­it­ing Tri­an­gle United at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The Bu­l­awayo gi­ants blew an op­por­tu­nity to top­ple FC Plat­inum at the top of the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League ta­ble and re­main sec­ond, two be­hind the plat­inum min­ers.

Yes­ter­day’s re­sult was not what High­landers wanted go­ing into Sun­day’s “Bat­tle of the ci­ties” against Caps United at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium, and they have to dig deep to leave Harare with any­thing.

Ak­bay con­ceded that they were lucky not to suc­cumb to their third de­feat of the sea­son, as his side hardly gave the vis­i­tors any anx­ious mo­ments.

“We had a bad game be­cause we only played good foot­ball in the open­ing 15 min­utes. After that we went to sleep. We gave them too much space and our mid­field was loose, such that we let them play foot­ball. We were lucky that they didn’t score,” said Ak­bay.

High­landers started the game on high tempo, forc­ing Tri­an­gle to sit back, but failed to make use of their dom­i­nance, which lasted less than 20 min­utes.

Nine­teen-year-old Bosso striker Prince Dube fluffed a bril­liant chance to thrust his side into the lead in the third minute when his weak shot was eas­ily saved by Tri­an­gle goal­keeper Ron­ald Mudimu.

Dube had made a timely run to beat a poor off­side trap after be­ing set up by Gabriel Ny­oni.

After that, Tri­an­gle rarely gave High­landers any breath­ing space, leav­ing the home team to re­sort to long range ef­forts that did not trou­ble Mudimu.

High­landers mid­fielder Brian Banda, who had a good game play­ing be­hind the strik­ers, had a goal bound shot from the edge of the box blocked for a cor­ner.

In the 20th minute, Nel­son Me­son sent in a cross from the right that Bosso de­fend­ers failed to deal with, but a weak shot by Malvern Gaki was cleared off the line by cap­tain Felix Chin­dungwe.

Tri­an­gle should have pun­ished High­landers in the sec­ond half, but their for­wards let them down as they ei­ther held onto the ball for long in­side the penalty box or just shot off tar­get.

Gaki and sea­soned for­mer Sha­banie Mine and FC Plat­inum striker Nel­son Mazi­wisa were guilty of hold­ing onto the ball for long, giv­ing Bosso de­fend­ers time to re­cover and dis­pos­sess them.

The best chance of the day for Tri­an­gle fell to Mar­vel­lous Mukumba in the 75th minute when keeper Ariel Sibanda punched the ball onto his path, but he shot over the bar when it looked eas­ier to tap the ball into an empty net.

Five min­utes be­fore full­time, High­landers’ an­chor­man Erick Mudz­ingwa failed to fin­ish off a move that he had started from the cen­tre, in­volv­ing Ny­oni, Ralph Matema and Banda, as he sent his grounder off tar­get with Mudimu ex­posed.

Tri­an­gle coach David Mandig­ora was happy with the re­sult.

“Get­ting a point away from home against a High­landers side, which is among the ti­tle favourites, is a good re­sult for us even though we wanted a win. We had two clear chances in the sec­ond half, but held onto the ball for too long,” said Mandig­ora.

High­landers striker Prince Dube (left) tries to beat Tri­an­gle United de­fender Kudzai Chig­wida dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League match at Bar­bour­fi­fields Sta­dium

Rah­man Gumbo

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