‘GHOST GOAL’ LEADS TO MATCH ABANDONMENT

Eddie Chikamhi

Senior Sports Reporter

Chegutu Pirates……………………………………….. 0

Dynamos…………………………………………….. (0) 1

(Match abandoned in added time)

CHEGUTU Pirates claim it was a “GHOST GOAL.”

It came seven minutes into added time at Baobab yesterday and led to the abandonment of the newboys’ game against DynamAos.

Pirates coach, Emmanuel Day Gutu, who tried without success to persuade his players to continue with the game, said:

“It’s a pity the game had to be decided this way.

“But, we gave a good account of ourselves, they had their moments and we had our moments.

“About the goal, I am not sure. The assistant referee was better positioned. When we asked the referee, he too was not sure whether the ball had crossed the line.

“The ball was in the air so it was very difficult to see whether it crossed the line.

“The referee wasn’t sure and went and consulted the assistant referee but the assistant referee’s decision was influenced by the photographer.

“So, we are not sure and even myself, I am not sure whether it crossed the line.”

DeMbare hit the woodwork twice, with Emmanuel Paga and Valentine Kadonzvo, and were unhappy when the referee turned down their penalty appeals late in the second half.

Match commissioner Brighton Mudzamiri said:

“The match could not go ahead as you all saw that the other team refused to restart after conceding a goal.

“There was nothing more the referees could do. So, it’s abandoned.”

Dynamos are likely to win the match in the boardroom.

The winning goal came in the 97th minute from a fortuitous strike by Donald Dzvinyai.

Teams

Chegutu Pirates

Anorld Munkuli, Tinashe Mwafulirwa, Rodwell Mhlanga, Wayne Kamurai (D. Phiri, 58th min), Eddington Phiri, Elisha Zulu, Reuben Machaya, Tinotenda Ditima, Reginald Ngazima, Tinotenda Chiunye (R. Chifura 58th min), Jimu Gwara

Dynamos

Martin Mapisa, Emmanuel Jalai, Frank Makarati, Donald Dzvinyai, Kevin Moyo, Donald Mudadi (F. Alick, 58th min), Temptation Chiwunga (S. Uri-Khob, 83rd min), Frederick Ansa-Botchway, Nomore Chinyerere (V. Kadonzvo, 58th min), Issa Sadiki (E. Paga, 58th min), Eli Ilunga (K. Madera, 83rd min)

 

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