Bosso blow chance to go top at halfway
Chicken Inn in trouble for pitch raid
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