29 June 2017
WARRIORS assistant coach Bongani Mafu says they were disappointed by decisions that went against the team last night.
Zimbabwe drew 0-0 with Madagascar in the COSAFA Castle Cup at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
Mafu said they were robbed of two clear penalties when Ovidy Karuru and Raphael Manuvire were fouled in the last 10 minutes in two successive incidence.
“I thought there were decisions that were supposed to our way, but they usually don’t.
“We should have won at least a penalty. We had two incidences in the dying minutes that deserved justice. At such stage, we usually get those, any coach will tell you that it’s a clear job for the referee.
That’s why everyone was up in arms. That can’t be a dive in two successive incidents,” he fumed.
Mafu said they expected a tough game: “It was a great match. They were quick and we expected it.
“However, we are not happy although we are still breathing.
“Our weakness was on tracking and we need to fix our midfield. We were giving them too much space.
We were checking and watching the runner. We have to leave our frustration and prepare for our next game against Seychelles.
Madagascar coach Auguste Arsene Wenglor Raux said he congratulated his players for the draw.
“It was a tough game. I congratulated my players because it was a tough game. We knew it was going to be tough because they are a good side,” he said.
On Zimbabwe getting penalties,” Auguste said the Zimbabwean players dived.
“They are professionals but I think they dived on both occasions.”
Zimbabwe face Seychelles on Friday in their last Group B match whilst Madagascar face Mozambique.
Zimbabwe remain on top of the log with a superior goal difference after beating Mozambique 4-0 whilst Madagascar won 2-0 against Seychelles.