HARARE - Poor officiating hogged the limelight once again when CAPS United beat log leaders Chicken Inn 2-0 in a Castle Lager Premiership match here yesterday.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas could barely contain his anger after referee Jimmy Makwanda put up a controversial display that put a dent to his team’s charge at the championship.
Makwanda and his assistant referee Collen Muringai courted controversy when they allowed a Leonard Fiyado second goal to stand when he was visibly in an offside position.
With the Gamecocks pushing for an equaliser after they found themselves trailing to a first half strike by Fiyado, the Green Machine broke on the right through Takudzwa Mahori.
Mahori’s cross fell to Leonard Tsipa, who then passed the ball to Fiyado who was visibly offside but somehow the referee and his assistant allowed the goal to stand.
The decision proved to be the bone of contention especially after the Gamecocks were denied what looked like a clear penalty after Ishmael Lawe was tripped in the box moments earlier.
“I think I have to say well done to the referee for aiding CAPS United’s win,” Antipas said after the match.
“In one minute he killed the game, from the penalty which he denied us and the next minute he allowed an offside goal to stand. Even a pilot in a jet plane would have seen that it was a clear offside.
“I don’t want to talk much about officials but that’s why they get suspended because of inept officiating.”
Antipas added: “After this defeat we have to re-group and prepare for the next challenge. We just got to believe in ourselves and keep pushing.
There are obviously a lot of challenges being the log leaders but we need to put the setbacks aside and continue working hard.”
Chicken Inn looked the better side dictating the pace but struggled in the final third.
Even CAPS United coach Mark Mathe admitted his side played second fiddle to the visitors.
“It was a tough game, but look football has some of its injustices because look from a different perspective one would say Chicken Inn was the better team and it was, but at the end of the day what is important is who scored most goals and we did just that,” he said.
“I am happy we got the three points because we are trying different tactics and if we can get the results, then it’s good for us. It’s a process and we are happy with the three points.
“This is my first win as CAPS coach but there are a lot of grey areas which we need to work on. I want the team to play in a certain way and as I said before it’s a process. We have to keep on working while getting the results.”