Blan­ket Mine/Nichrut match aban­doned

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

THE make-or-break Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL) en­counter be­tween Blan­ket Mine and Nichrut ended pre­ma­turely af­ter the ref­eree awarded the hosts a penalty deep into stop­page time with the two sides dead­locked 1-1 in Gwanda.

Blan­ket Mine were awarded a penalty that Nichrut hotly dis­puted re­sult­ing in scuf­fles which forced the ref­eree to aban­don the match.

CSL chair­man Stan­ley Chapeta con­firmed the in­ci­dent but said the league’s man­age­ment was still wait­ing for the ref­eree and match com­mis­sioner’s re­ports be­fore any ac­tion can be taken.

“We heard that there were dis­tur­bances dur­ing the match in­volv­ing Blan­ket Mine and Nichrut. How­ever, we are still to get full de­tails on what ac­tu­ally tran­spired and we will only know what course of ac­tion to take af­ter we re­ceive the ref­eree as well as the match com­mis­sioner’s re­ports,” said Chapeta.

The aban­don­ment saw Sha­banie Mine open­ing a five-point lead at the top of the league table go­ing into the last two rounds of matches af­ter over­com­ing a hap­less Gweru United 2-0 at Wil­son Fields.

Sha­banie Mine got its goals through chief striker Erea Phiri and their left-back to take their points tally to 63. Sec­ond-placed Ivan Hoe, who beat Vum­bachikwe 2-0 in their own back­yard, are on 58 points.

Sha­banie Mine now need to beat Jessie Mine at Ma­glas Sta­dium this week­end to con­firm their Pre­mier­ship sta­tus and join Zifa North­ern Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons Black Rhi­nos who sealed their promotional ticket at the week­end.

Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni said the race for pro­mo­tion is theirs to lose and the onus was on the play­ers to fin­ish the job at hand at Ma­glas Sta­dium on Sun­day. — @lavuzi­gara1.

Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni Re­sults:

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