20 October 2017
. . . allege PSL relegation plot
BLACK Rhinos coach Stanford Mutizwa yesterday queried the use of the same match officials in their successive Harare derbies.
This was after a 10-man Rhinos side was able to hold CAPS United to a goalless draw at National Sports Stadium yesterday.
The draw keeps them in the relegation mix with five matches remaining.
Rhinos captain Bruce Homora was given a straight red by referee Brighton Chimene after a reckless challenge on Dominic Chungwa.
“It disturbed and reduced our game plan. We had to switch some positions. If we had played with 11 men, chances are that we were going to win this game.
“Unfortunately it happened. Bruce got a red card. It was 10 men versus 11 men and it was so difficult,” said Mutizwa.
He added: “What we can say of officials is that we are surprised. Are there no other referees because the same referees which took our game last week, were the same referees today.
“And you saw what happened. They added more time, they wanted Yadah to win. The same referees, I’m surprised. Is it a plot against Black Rhinos? I don’t know. We are complaining of the same referees last week and then this week.
“I think when he raised his red card, I thought it was a harsh decision, with no caution, but just a red card. Red card? We don’t know.”
Mutizwa said they were however happy they managed to hold the champions.
“Although we wanted to win this game, that draw, a point, is better than nothing,” he said.
The draw takes them to 38 points and closer to survive relegation.
CAPS United assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said they had failed to capitalise on the advantage.
“It is two points left. When we went hunting, we did not come back with anything big to cheer about.
“But we will take the point. Sometimes you can play for 25 hours but you can still not score. So we just have to think positive, think ahead and not lose focus.
“Numerically is an advantage but normally when you play a team with one man down, they are dangerous as they increase their intensity, they increase their work rate,” said Kwashi.
He added: “We give credit to Rhinos. They were brave and they kept on fighting. They were brave. They are soldiers but we have soldiers in our camp too. But like I said, different days, different outcome. We will take the rabbit and we will not lose heart over that.
“Our target is to win the next football game. Right now we are not chasing any dream, we are chasing ourselves. We set high standards last year and we want to maintain them.
“It has been tough year for us, we have been travelling in the first round all over Africa but like I said, we embrace those challenges.”