Madamara ap­peals against Bafa de­ci­sion

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

MADAMARA have launched an ap­peal against the Bu­l­awayo Ama­teur Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Bafa) ex­ec­u­tive’s de­ci­sion to award their aban­doned Town­shend and Butcher Cup semi-fi­nal clash to Lad­uma fol­low­ing chaotic scenes last week.

Madamara claim the de­ci­sion was made with­out sub­mis­sions from both teams and they only got to know about it ver­bally at a gen­eral meet­ing of clubs on Septem­ber 21.

Madamara sec­re­tary Didy­mus Maramwidze stated that his club was not amused by the de­ci­sion, hence their ap­peal. “The Bafa ex­ec­u­tive in­formed us ver­bally at a gen­eral meet­ing of the clubs, which shows the lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism within the ex­ec­u­tive as they did not put their de­ci­sion in black and white. Dur­ing last week’s con­fu­sion, two ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers talked to the ref­eree and the ref­eree sig­nalled for the match to end pre­ma­turely de­spite the fact that play­ers from both teams were still on the pitch. So we are not sure what they told the of­fi­cials,” said Maramwidze. “It is ei­ther the Bafa ex­ec­u­tive is cov­er­ing up for the gross in­com­pe­tence by the ref­eree or there is con­fu­sion within the ex­ec­u­tive. Up to now we have not re­ceived proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Bafa for the rea­sons we were de­nied a chance to play in the fi­nal or to have a re-play against Lad­uma.”

Bafa chair­man Chris Mtung­wazi said: “I want to con­firm that Bafa re­ceived the ap­peal from Madamara FC against the de­ci­sion taken by the ex­ec­u­tive.

“We are go­ing to sit as the ex­ec­u­tive to de­lib­er­ate on the is­sue this week and the out­come will be known af­ter the meet­ing.”

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

The ref­eree had 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 started push­ing and shov­ing each other.

The ref­eree then sig­nalled the aban­don­ment of the match as he had to­tally lost con­trol of pro­ceed­ings. — @ khumza­llen

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