Fu­ri­ous Madinda raps refs

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter Ta­dious Manyepo Sports Re­porter

MADINDA NDLOVU claims High­landers would still have lost at Ven­gere on Wed­nes­day against a Divi­sion Two or Three club had the same of­fi­cials, whom he blames for his club’s stun­ning loss, taken charge of the game.

Bosso crashed to a shock 0-1 de­feat at the hands of Mutare City, just a few days af­ter touch­ing the heav­ens when they out­classed their biggest ri­vals Dy­namos 3-0, in an­other Cas­tle Lager Premiership match at Bar­bour­fields.

High­landers did not re­turn home to Bu­l­awayo, af­ter the match in Rusape, but drove to Harare where they set up camp ahead of their league match against ZPC Kariba in the re­sort town to­mor­row.

The Bu­l­awayo gi­ants’ spon­sors, NetOne, who have been im­pressed by the tran­quil­lity at the club and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism be­ing shown by the team’s lead­er­ship, paid Bosso a visit at their train­ing ses­sion at Hel­len­ics Sports Club yes­ter­day.

The spon­sors, who are re­ported to be eye­ing to re­view the spon­sor­ship pack­ages of High­landers and CAPS United next sea­son, amid con­cerns over ex­tend­ing their re­la­tion­ship with Dy­namos be­cause of the toxic en­vi­ron­ment at the Glam­our Boys, handed some gad­gets to Dy­namos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Cha­pungu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 NOT even Kingston Nkhatha’s de­but and the re­turn of head coach Lloyd Mu­tasa from na­tional duty, could breathe life into the fal­ter­ing Glam­our Boys who stag­gered to a draw in this dull Cas­tle Lager Premiership match at Ru­faro yes­ter­day.

Barely five days af­ter suf­fer­ing a hu­mil­i­at­ing 0-3 de­feat, at the hands of their biggest ri­vals High­landers at Bar­bour­fields, where as­sis­tant coach Joseph “Shabba” Takaringofa stood in for Mu­tasa, DeMbare again the Bosso play­ers.

The Bosso weekly me­dia con­fer­ence was even held in the cap­i­tal with Madinda ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists, touch­ing on a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing his men’s sur­prise de­feat in their match against Mutare City Rovers.

The veteran coach slammed the match of­fi­cials who han­dled that game and even suggested Bosso would have lost to Divi­sion One or Divi­sion Two sides in Rusape had the same ref­er­ees taken charge of the game.

He said an ef­fort, which crossed the line, was some­how dis­al­lowed by the match of­fi­cials who ap­peared hos­tile to their in­ter­ests ev­ery time they tried to ven­ture into their op­po­nents’ area.

Madinda also blasted the state of the Ven­gere pitch which has been re­ceiv­ing a lot of crit­i­cism with Ngezi Plat­inum Stars gaffer, Ton­derai Ndi­raya, also adding his voice to the complaints af­ter his men slumped to a shock de­feat there.

Bosso posted their me­dia con­fer­ence on their Face­book page as the do­mes­tic clubs con­tinue to em­brace the power of hav­ing so­cial me­dia plat­forms as a mas­sive tool of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the fans and also mar­ket­ing their brands.

Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, an­other Bu­l­awayo

turned on a life­less show.

They hardly man­aged a de­cent shot on tar­get in the en­tire match.

Nkhatha, who was mak­ing his de­but for the Glam­our Boys af­ter get­ting his Re­verse In­ter­na­tional Clear­ance, spent the whole af­ter­noon de­tached from ac­tion.

And, to­wards the end of the match, boos started to ring from some of the fans.

Dy­namos who re­mained 12th on the log with 30 points, just three off the drop zone, had Lady Luck to thank as Cha­pungu’s gen­uine calls for a penalty in the open­ing 10 min­utes of the game, af­ter a hand­ball in­side the box, were waved away by side, have been lead­ing on that front with their Twit­ter han­dle the best, by a dis­tance, in the do­mes­tic Premiership.

Chicken Inn have also fol­lowed suit and Twit­ter be­came a bat­tle­front in the past two days.

“(We) know it’s two small teams play­ing, but (we) still would like to know who won be­tween @Dy­namos­fczw @DeMbareDot­coms and Cha­pungu,” Chicken Inn, who lost 1-2 to CAPS United on Wed­nes­day, tweeted.

“If Dy­namos won, great, they on top of @Bu­l­away­oChiefs.”

Chiefs and Chicken Inn have been pok­ing at each other on Twit­ter.

“Good morn­ing fans of the most won­der­ful team in the land,” Chicken Inn tweeted yes­ter­day. “We lost yes­ter­day, we have learnt from yes­ter­day.

“We pity our next op­po­nents. Home­boy or not. We have been pro­voked.”

Just hours af­ter los­ing to Makepekepe, Chicken Inn took to Twit­ter to wish all the trav­el­ling teams well.

“All teams trav­el­ling, please travel safe, in­clud­ing you @cap­sunit­ed­fczw. We made mis­takes, we paid dearly, that du­bi­ous penalty is not one of them. 3 points for CAPS any­way.

“The bet­ter team lost . . . Ah well. Some­times even the most beau­ti­ful (woman) can marry an ugly guy. Tough luck boys. Well done. Eish, even our big brothers (Bosso) are down.

“If you see a Chicken Inn, stop for a snack. Tempted to close Gweru branches till some team (CAPS) passes. Ko nhai @cap­sunit­ed­fczw inga you are still a dis­tant 4th.

Makepekepe then hit back by tweet­ing a pic­ture of their play­ers in­side a Chicken Inn shop in Gweru on their way back home yes­ter­day.

“We are now in Gweru. The im­age be­low has noth­ing to do with yes­ter­day’s re­sults.

“We are just buy­ing our food and noth­ing more,” tweeted the Green Ma­chine.

Of course, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs would not be left out of the cy­berspace bat­tles.

“Look­ing at yes­ter­day and to­day’s events. It’s all fair to say that our brothers @chick­enin­nfc talked too much yes­ter­day,” tweeted Chiefs.

“We couldn’t get in­volved, so we just watched from a dis­tance. Then to­day @cap­sunit­ed­fczw did this to them (the photo of the play­ers in a Chicken Inn shop). But such is sports.”

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