Play­ers’ squab­ble cost Madamara cup fi­nal slot

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

LADUMA have been awarded the aban­doned Bulawayo Am­a­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BAFA) Town­shend and Butcher Cup semi-fi­nal fol­low­ing chaotic scenes that en­veloped their semi-fi­nal clash with Laduma last Sun­day.

The match was called off in the 76th minute when the ref­eree red carded Laduma’s Do­minic Nyika for dis­sent af­ter he had been brought down in­side the Madamara box.

e ref­eree first awarded Nyika a free kick on the edge of the box be­fore show­ing him a straight red af­ter a heated ex­change.

Laduma play­ers protested and the ref­eree changed his mind and pointed to the spot, trig­ger­ing chaotic scenes as both sets of play­ers pushed and shoved each other.

The ref­eree then called off the match as he had to­tally lost con­trol of pro­ceed­ings. Laduma will there­fore bat­tle it out for the ti­tle against Rebels FC on Oc­to­ber 2 at the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds.

“BAFA met on Mon­day to de­lib­er­ate on the semi­fi­nal clash be­tween Madamara and Laduma.

“Guided by the rules of the as­so­ci­a­tion, the ref­er­ees’ re­ports and the Town­shend and Butcher tour­na­ment, we de­cided that Laduma FC should qual­ify for the fi­nal,” said BAFA chair­man Chris Mu­tung­wazi.

Ac­cord­ing to the tour­na­ment rules, un­less caused by force ma­jeure (un­avoid­able ac­ci­dent), aban­doned matches shall be deemed as won by the team not caus­ing the aban­don­ment of the game. — @khumza­llen

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