Ref runs for dear life in controversial Dembare win


Harare – Black Rhinos players attacked the match official after he ruled for a Dynamos controversial goal during a heated encounter between the two teams at Rufaro stadium today.

Dynamos took an early lead in the 25th minute when an in-form Valentine Kadonzvo found the back of the net, but a brilliant free kick from Tapiwa Sibanda cancelled the lead.

Rhinos kept pressing forward dominating the possession but conceded a corner during the additional time which Dynamos captain Machazane Marshal scored with his hands.

The goal resulted in serious tension making Rhinos players, boycott the pitch for a moment only to returned fuming to the official who was saved by the police.

Dynamos head coach Lloyd Chigowe said he was not sure if the goal was scored by the hand or not.

“I cannot say Machazane used a hand or not because I was twenty meters away.  We do not have replays so I will have to check online if it was a handball or not but the match official who was very close ruled it a goal and his decision stands,” Chigowe told Mail and Telegraph News.

Chigowe also condemned violent scenes which were witnessed at Rufaro saying hooliganism has no room in football.

“As Dynamos Football Club, we don’t encourage players to be barbaric on the pitch when officials made decisions. Hooliganism has no room in football. We know sometimes players overreact but we all have to understand that decisions are made by match officials or coaches”, he said.

The victorious coach also said despite the mayhem which occurred after he is contented by the way the Glamour Boys are playing after they clinched another much needed win against one of the top teams in the division.

“The match was very interesting before misunderstanding. Dynamos is surely in the rightful direction. Winning this match against Rhinos means a lot to us considering that we have many injury and suspension problems,” he said.

Black Rhinos coach Herbert Maruwa could not be reached for a comment as his phone was not reachable by the time of publication


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