By Lloyd Mwale in Kadoma
Northern Region Division One League outfit, Kadoma-based Cam and Motor gaffer Diverson Alizo has described his side 1-2 loss to Herentals U 19 as “match-fixing and daylight robbery” accusing Chegutu referee, Barnwell Kauze, of getting into the match with a pre-determination of which team to win.
Anthony Liyeto’s header in the 20th minute and Salif Cheya’s header in the 60th minute carried the day for the log leaders. Edmore Kasirori scored a consolation goal for Cam and Motor in the 85th minute.
Alizo blamed Kauze of frustrating them when he denied a handball by a clear Herentals defender in the box before the breather, which saw the entire technical bench protesting to the match commissioner Godwin Madzegwara before threatening to walk out of the stadium.
“If this is the way games are handled by match officials, then why should we play games. Zifa must do something about the officiating.
“The referee, Barnwell Kauze and his first assistant referee Chiza, were not up to scratch. A Herentals defender handled in the first half but the referee turned down our call, if we had been awarded that spot kick it would have changed the complexion of the game.
“That was clear match fixing and daylight robbery against us because we are from Kadoma and at the bottom of the log. If they wanted Herentals to have three points they should have told us before wasting our time. Imagine we train and prepare for the whole week but come weekend one man decides the outcome of the results,” bellowed Alizo in a post-match interview.
Unconfirmed reports are that the three match officials were seen sitting in a car owned by Paul Benza before the game having lunch, with one Cam and Motor fan saying he has footage of the trio in the vehicle.
While Alizo was angry with the officiating, Herentals coach Benza was happy to win the match against a spirited Cam and Motor.
“I’m happy to have notched another win against a spirited Cam and Motor. We were underating them but they are a very good side and don’t deserve to be at the bottom with the way they play. But my boys showed character and it shows we are the log leaders and we are aiming for the championship,” said Benza.
In another league match played at Rimuka Stadium on Friday, Golden valley edged Cuthbert Malajila’s side, Cuma Academy 1-nil thanks to a first half goal by Clifton Chitsveta to seal a memorable revenge after Cuma had beaten them in the first game with a similar margin.
The defeat by Golden valley did not go down well with Cuma fans who stormed the dressing room demanding the head of former Golden Valley defender,Tinotenda Muzhuzha who had missed a penalty kick which would have levelled the scoreline.
Golden Valley coach, former Dynamos midfielder,Leo Kurauzvione, was a happy man to have revenged while Cuma Academy caretaker coach Jaison Lazarus Juma summed the defeat as another bad day in the office.
“It was a well-deserved win, my boys responded properly to hold on to the slender one-nil lead from the first half up to the end. It is time now to conjure up more wins so as to start preparing for the next season,”said Kurauzvione.
“It was a bitter defeat coming from our neighbors and being a third defeat in a row it’s very bad but though I was impressed by the boys the way they responded in the second half when we won a spot kick which eventually Tino failed to put away,it wasn’t our day. It is time to go back to the drawing board,” said Lazarus Juma.
In yet another match played at Rimuka Stadium, Come Again shared the spoils with visiting Commando Bullets when they drew one-all in a match which had all the ingredients of thrilling encounter.
Commando Bullets surged ahead in the first half through Brian Manhimanzi from an Earnest Mativenga assist to beat Sean Arimose in goals for Come Again.
The match would go to the breather with the visitors leading with veteran former Buffaloes, Black Rhinos and Highlanders striker,Edmore Nyika pulling the strings in the middle of the park showing youngsters how it must be done.
But eventually Nqobile Mafu would substitutes him in the second half and he immediately joined the bench to bark orders to his teammates.
With Come Again starring defeat at the hands of the Commando and fans becoming restless, John Nyamupfurwa had other ideas
. In referee’s optional time he scrambled to score an equaliser after the visitors defenders had failed to clear the ball and the whole Rimuka Stadium ruptured in jubilation.
Come Again gaffer Wonder Ngoko was a relieved man after the final whistle.
“I am really speechless with how the boys have managed to respond. We were starring defeat before our home fans but we came back right in the last minute. It was the same scenario when we played Commando in Harare, we kept on fighting and found the equaliser in the dying minutes of the game.
“I salute our fans here in Kadoma who came in droves to cheer us along. I am happy with our new adopted home ground, Rimuka stadium. It is a marvel to play here and this is a new team and they’re responding to Rimuka Stadium very well,”said Ngoko.
While Ngoko was happy with the draw, his opposite number at Commando Bullets Nqobile Mafu felt hard done by the match officials who failed to protect his defender before Nyamupfurwa scored to equalise for Come Again.
“I am not happy at all with this one-all draw. The first assistant referee did play for the home side, he was supposed to have signalled for a challenge on my defender before that equaliser. We have been robbed by the match officials,” said Mafu.
Top pic: Barnwell Kauze in the centre
Full results of week
Golden Valley 1- 0 Cuma Academy :Chegutu Pirates 1- 1 Golden Eagles :PAM 2 – 1 Harare City Cubs ;Trojan 1 – 0 karoi :Simba Bhora 1 – 0 Ngezi U19 :Black Mambas 2- 0 Banket :Come Again 1-1 Commando Bullets