Zifa lodge com­plaint against Bu­rundi ref

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

ZIFA have of­fi­cially launched a com­plaint against the in­ept Bu­rundi ref­eree Suavis Iratunga whose weird de­ci­sion de­nied Zim­babwe a share of the spoils against Egypt at the on­go­ing 10th African Women Cup of Na­tions in Cameroon.

The match was played on Tues­day evening and the Mighty War­riors, who went down to an 82nd minute goal by the Egyp­tians, im­me­di­ately replied two min­utes later through a per­fect goal by Felis­tas Mu­zon­gondi who struck from the blind side.

“Zifa lodge an of­fi­cial com­plaint against Bu­rundi ref­eree,” posted the as­so­ci­a­tion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager on the of­fi­cial Zifa twit­ter page last night.

The clearly con­fused ref­eree first in­di­cated a goal, for which it was, but af­ter con­sult­ing with her as­sis­tant Ak­oua Kos­sonoux from Côte d’Ivoire, dis­al­lowed the ef­fort for rea­sons best known to them­selves.

Tele­vi­sion re­plays clearly showed that Mu­zon­gondi was not off-side, by a coun­try mile, with a num­ber of Egyp­tian de­fend­ers ahead of her when the ball was whipped across goal.

Nei­ther was there any in­fringe­ment on the Egyp­tian goal­keeper She­hata Maha, who the­atri­cally went down af­ter be­ing beaten by the ef­fort, and amid con­fu­sion, the ref­eree de­cided not to award the goal.

Ac­cord­ing to foot­ball rules though, the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion is al­ways fi­nal and the only so­lace that the Mighty War­riors might get is the sanc­tions that are likely to be given to the of­fi­cials.

In the 1990s, Zim­babwe lost to An­gola through a du­bi­ous goal which was scored from an in­di­rect free kick. Ap­peals were made but Caf only sus­pended the ref­eree. The Mighty War­riors will take on Cameroon in their last group qual­i­fier to­mor­row and a loss for the girls will see them fly­ing back home dur­ing the week­end.

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