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Dynamos, Motor Action in Mbada Diamonds final

[Posted 07 Nov 2011]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Dynamos, Motor Action in Mbada Diamonds final

Mbada Diamonds Cup final promises real fireworks with probably Harare's leading two teams this season Dynamos and Motor Action both securing hard fought passgae to the richest-ever Zimbabwean Cup competition final.

On Sunday, DeMbare fought hard to defeat league log leaders FC Platinum 1-0 at Bulawayo's Barbourfields courtesy of a clever Cuthbert Malajila strike early in the first half. Malajila headed in David Kutyauripo's well taken free-kick.

Though FC Platinum has better qulaity on paper compared to the giants of African football, Dynamos, they failed to dominate the Harare team, and never really caused anxious moments for their opponents, and the match ended with a victory for Dynamos.

At Sakubva Stadium, Motor Action romped to a 2-0 victory over the Ephraim Chawanda coached outfit.

Tawanda Ushe and Passmore Bernard's first and second half strikes sealed the matters for the Mighty Bulls, who will now meet their Harare counterparts Dynamos in the final.

In an unprecedended move, Zifa, and interstingly not the PSL, ruled that foerign match officials should take charge of the semi-finals as opposed to local referees.

South African match officials handled the semi-final tie in Bulawayo, while Zambian referees presided over the tie at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.

The move has left local referees with an egg on their face after numerous complaints against the fairness of match officials, especially in matches involving FC Platinum.

It will not be surprising if local referees boycott the final Premier Soccer League matches over what they perceive as unfair treatment by Zifa and the PSL.

The decision by Zifa, while it may be commendable when it comes to improving the quality of the local PSL, will be marred by the motivation behind it. The decision by Zifa could be interpreted to mean that there is no single clean referee in the country, which quite an exaggeration of the suspected match-fixing problem in the local game.

Since instituting the so called Asia-gate match-fixing investigations, Zifa has been accused, sometimes correctly so, of being over-sensivitive and overly suspicious. 

While action needs to be taken against suspected biased officiating, Zifa must avoid the proverbial danger of throwing the baby and the bath water, unless Zifa believes that every match official in the country is potentially corrupt.

Surely there must be a few official who are suspected to have done something wrong, and if so, these match-officials must be properly investigated and be brought to book. It helps nobody to give the world an impression that all Zimbabwean referees are corrupt.      

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