War­riors tech­ni­cal team lodges protest

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

RUSTENBURG. — The Zim­babwe tech­ni­cal team have filed an of­fi­cial com­plaint over poor match of­fi­ci­at­ing in their Group B match against Mada­gas­car played on Wed­nes­day in the COSAFA Cas­tle Cup cur­rently un­der­way in South Africa.

They have told the or­gan­is­ers of the com­pe­ti­tion that they will play their last Group B match against Sey­chelles un­der protest as they feel they were hard done by the match of­fi­cials’ in­ep­ti­tude.

In a let­ter dated June 28, 2017 to the COSAFA or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, the War­riors tech­ni­cal team said they were de­nied two clear penal­ties in a space of two min­utes by ref­eree Joshua Bondo in the 0-0 draw against Mada­gas­car on Wed­nes­day.

They high­lighted two spe­cific in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Raphael Manu­vire and Ovidy Karuru and var­i­ous con­tra­dic­tions be­tween Bondo and his as­sis­tants.

“The Zim­babwe tech­ni­cal team would like to ex­press its dis­may and dis­plea­sure at the poor match of­fi­ci­at­ing dis­played by ref­eree

Joshua Bondo in our match against Mada­gas­car at the Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day.

“The con­tro­ver­sial match of­fi­ci­at­ing dis­played by Bondo de­nied Zim­babwe its much­needed

vic­tory as our le­git­i­mate penalty ap­peals were de­nied.

“In the 85th minute, our player Raphael Manu­vire was hacked down in the penalty area and the ref­eree waved play on. In the 87th minute, our cap­tain Ovidy Karuru was sent fly­ing by Mada­gas­car goal­keeper Jean Dieu Donne Ran­dri­ana­solo and again Bondo ruled oth­er­wise and de­nied us a penalty.

“The ref­eree was ex­plic­itly bi­ased against our team and on many oc­ca­sions, he seemed to con­tra­dict his as­sis­tants and com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­down was clear be­tween him and his coun­ter­parts.

“In light of the above, we ap­peal to the re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate this match as poor of­fi­ci­at­ing spoils the beauty of the game.”

Zim­babwe said they would play their last group game against Sey­chelles un­der protest.

“By copy of this let­ter, we are also ad­vis­ing the or­gan­is­ers of the tour­na­ment that we will play the next match against Sey­chelles un­der protest,” the tech­ni­cal team said. — www.zifa.org.zw.

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