It took just two weeks of PSL action for referees to be under the spotlight, as the Castle Lager Premiership entered its second week. Previously the Zimbabwe Referees Committee has been under pressure to produce competent match officials as clubs keep complaining of biased officiating.
At Luveve Stadium, referee Allan Bhasvi was the star of the show, in a match marred by controversy. First there was a clash of colours between the home team Bulawayo Chiefs and Caps United.Makepekepe had to use a warm up kit, with numbers written by a mighty marker leading to a 35 minute delay.
However when action finally kicked off, it was a four goal thriller, barring the terrible show by Bhasvi. Amakhosi Amahle took the lead twice courtesy of strikes by Kundishora Chakanyuka and Gracious Muleya,whilist Caps fought back with John Zhuwawo and Joel Ngodzo who fired from the spot kick, finding the target.
Bhasvi made a number of questionable decisions against the home side and he allowed Muleya`s goal to stand, although it seemed he had pushed it in, using his hand. He failed to stamp his authority although he gave a red card to Caps defender Justin Jangano towards the end of the match. Nothing separated both sides on the day and little separates them on the log standings as they share eleventh and twelfth spot, with Chiefs ahead courtesy of goals forwarded.
At the National Sports Stadium, Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu had to be refrained from referee Nomore Musundire,after their match against new boys Herentals. Ndlovu was not happy with the match official and tempers were flaring, the situation however calmed as the duo shook hands afterwards.
Striker Ozias Zibande rose from the bench to become the hero of the day as his brace,sunk an otherwise wasteful Herentals and move Bosso to third spot on the standings. Ndlovu was not happy with his boys performance and one wonders what will happen if a team wins 2-0 on hardly the first gear as the season progresses. Ndlovu though will be happy to learn that that this was Bosso`s first victory in Harare since beating Harare City 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium in 2016.Herentals slid further down to second from bottom without a point this season.
While it was all smiles for Bosso fans at NSS,it was lamentations across town at Rufaro,as Dynamos squandered a 3-0 lead to allow Zvishavane side Shabanie Mine to fight back and grab a valuable point. Valentine Kadonzvo,Kudzai Dhemera and Quality Kangadze set DeMbare on the pathway of a big victory, all before a brace from David Temwanjira and former Dynamos striker Ralph Kawondera wiped it all out and sent the Chinda Boys into the top four with one victory and a draw.Dynamos with the point gained moved up to an uncharacteristic thirteenth position on the log though.
On Saturday FC Platinum shot to the top of PSL standings after a 2-0 victory over a struggling Yadar Stars side at Mandava Stadium.Goals from Marshall Mudehwe and a well worked out strike by Farai Madhananga,was enough to seal the important victory for the defending champions.It was double joy for the Platinum miners as on the same day the PSL awarded them,the week one fixture against ZPC Kariba which was abandoned without any action taking place,on a 3-0 scorline.
Ngezi Platinum also made sure that they are amongst the leading pack as they dispatched Triangle to stay up in second place,albeit behind Platinum and ahead of Bosso on goal difference.Yadah slid down to fourteenth place and are winless in two outings.Triangle are struggling and winless on the same bracket with MutareCity,Herentals and log anchors ZPC Kariba who were thumped 2-0 by Black Rhinos.The Soldiers now occupy the eighth spot on the log.
Chicken were held to a goalless draw by Nichrut at Ascot with Joey Antipas having no kind words for the referee of the day. The Game Cox moved to fifth spot behind Shabanie .Nichrut also moved up to seventh with the point gained behind Shabani,Chicken Inn and Harare City on goal difference.
Bulawayo City bit the dust in Harare on Saturday, as a Martin Vengesayi 71st minute strike was enough to send The Sunshine Boys into sixth position. Their fellow council man,Mutare City however are singing the blues as they were downed by a spirited Chapungu in a five goal thriller at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.Bruno Mtigo,Allan Tavarwisa and Ian Nyoni found the target for the Airmen,David Gumbo`s freekick had given City the lead and Kelvin Bingala found the equaliser before Nyoni fired in the winner for Waruwaru.Bulawayo City are now perched in middle table ahead of Chapungu on goal difference, whilist Mutare City are fifteenth.
Dynamos 3-3 Shabanie Mine
Herentals 0-2 Highlanders
Bulawayo Chiefs 2-1 CAPS United
Triangle United 0-2 Ngezi Platinum
Nichrut 0-0 Chicken Inn
FC Platinum 2-0 Yadah Stars
Mutare City 2-3 Bulawayo City
Harare City 1-0 Bulawayo City
Black Rhinos 2-0 ZPC Kariba