Bosso im­plore Zifa to re­solve ‘poor’ match of­fi­ci­at­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Paul Mun­dandi

NDU­MISO Gumede, the High­landers chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, has chal­lenged Zifa to im­me­di­ately ap­point a ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee, say­ing some of the skir­mishes that rocked Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium last Sun­day were caused by in­ept ref­er­ee­ing.

Nkosikhona Moyo, who was in charge of the vi­o­lence marred High­landers and Chicken Inn en­counter at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium, was only pro­moted last year and spent the en­tire sea­son as a fourth of­fi­cial. He only started ref­er­ee­ing as a cen­tre of­fi­cial this sea­son.

“A rookie ref­eree was ap­pointed for the big game. He was over­whelmed when he saw a large num­ber of fans in the stands. He has no ex­pe­ri­ence and must go of­fi­ci­ate at Burombo (flats in Makokoba sub­urb). I was ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee chair­man and I do not even know his name. It’s not that I am against young, up- andc om i n g ref­er­ees; w e need them, but we can’t as­sign rook­ies to han­dle big matches when there is Di­vi­sion One,” said Gumede.

He said poor de­ci­sions by the ref­eree con­trib­uted to the vi­o­lence.

“It (in­ept ref­er­ee­ing) was part of the prob­lems that caused the vi­o­lence be­cause the of­fi­ci­at­ing was poor, no won­der why Chicken Inn wrote a let­ter com­plain­ing. Two in­stances are treated dif­fer­ently, one player is seen as reck­less when he goes for a tackle and the other one is seen as hard. The chaos in Zifa is caus­ing all th­ese prob­lems. They are tak­ing far too long to ap­point proper com­mit­tees. I will not be sur­prised if they get de-reg­is­tered by Fifa be­cause of this prob­lem. The sea­son is about to end and Zifa is still to ap­point a ref­er­ees com­mit­tee,” he said.

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