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Shocking news from Algeria: MC Algers 3-0 Dynamos!

[Posted 03 Apr 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Lloyd Mutasa will certainly come under fire after MC Algers eliminated favourites Dynamos from CL

Some  news of results in the Confederations of African Football competitions involving North African teams and teams from elsewhere on the continent sound like a script from a movie.

One such absurd and shocking result is that between MC Algers of Algeria, a team that is clearly out of form and was clobbered 4-1 away in Harare only two weeks ago,  and needed exactly a 3-0 victory at home to just make it, got exactly what they needed.

Yes, thats right, MC Algers beat Dynamos 3-0 tonight in Algiers, and have eliminated the favourites from the CAF Champions League First round proper.

Controversial details of this match will unfold with time, but one can be assured that no-one in the Confederations of African Football is willing to listen to any complaints that Dynamos migh have against the officials from Egypt who were assigned to handle the match by CAF.

It makes for very interesting critical reading that Southern African teams have often mourned about North African referees or West African referees being assigned to handle crucial away matches.

Somehow it is equally possible that one can be tempted to believe the propaganda from the Southern African teams each time they get knocked out by teams from the North or West African parts of the continent.

But is there really a conspiracy against Southern African teams from CAF? Or does fate always favour North African teams in African competitions?

Well, the statistics below might help you understand why the claims of Southern African teams can not just be easily brushed aside.

  • Al Ahly, always does just enough against Southern African competitions to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. Only last year, they came to Harare, lost 0-1 against Gunners, but managed to score exactly 2 goals in the return leg in Cairo to go through 2-1 on aggregate.

  • The same Al Ahly beat Supersport 2-0 in Cairo two weeks ago, but travelled to Polokwane South Africa,where they lost 0-1 to Supersport last night to qualify 2-1 on aggregate.

  • About 5 years ago, the same Al Ahly lost 0-1 against Silver Stars of South Africa, but managed to score 2 goals without reply in Egypt.

  • Tonight, MC Algers, who were trounced 4-1 by Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium two weeks ago, got the exact 3 goals they required o qualify for the next round of the competition.

It is interesting that Dynamos raised a very important point before the match about the match officials from Egypt, and their coach Lloyd Mutasa was quoted in the local media advising his playes never to expect any favours from the officials from the North African country. 

“We are not expecting any favours from the referee as past experiences have taught us that rules are always applied selectively in this part of the world,” Mutasa told journalists  ahead of tonight's fixture.

While there is enough to suggest that CAF should no longer turn a deaf ear to allegations of biased officiating from North African referees, are Southern African teams seeking a scapegoat for poor preparations and other factors which militate against success at this level of the competition?

Did Dynamos do enough in terms of preparations to defend their healthy 4-1 lead from the first leg in Harare two weeks ago?

Spotlight is likely to fall on the fact that four key players arrived from having done duty for the Warriors in Bamako Mali, and joined the travelling party without having trained with their team.

Again Dynamos critics are going to point out the chaotic travel arrangements which have often characterised Dynamos campaign in the African Safari.

In the past DeMbare have often done well despite unfavourable conditions against them.

So, what really tonight in Algiers? What went wrong? Is it tactics, or is it the same old story of biased officiating from North African referees?

Details of reasons for Dynamos painful exit from the competition will emerge within the course of the new week. But one can be guaranteed that the man in the middle will certainly come under scrutiny in the discussions around this exit. 


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