MUTARE, Monday, August 26, 1991 — Riot police had to rush on the pitch to protect referee Elias Musara and linesman Raphios Mutema from Ziscosteel players who protested Tanganda’s winner in the BAT Super League soccer match played at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.
Much to the surprise of the crowd celebrating Tanganda’s league victory in two months, Zisco players jostled the match officials claiming Lloyd Mutasa’s last minute goal was off side.
Substitute Antony Masunde sent a searching cross from the left and link-cum-striker, Mutasa came from the blind side and powered home from the edge of the box to give Zisco goalkeeper William Mutekesa no chance.
As the referee pointed to the centre, Zisco players led by Mutekesa charged at referee Musara and linesman Mutema. Zisco supporters and officials who until then had been well-behaved also invaded the pitch.
A Zisco supporter was led away by police in the ensuing confusion after he punched the referee. Zisco took the lead through Jacob Sampa in the 44th minute after beating defender Jimmy Kapitau and his curving screamer gave Tanganda keeper Nelson Bandura no chance.
Kapitau made amends when he provided Masunde with a right cross in the 69th minute which Masunde drove home to equalise.