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I had to act – Chiyangwa

By Nigel Matongorere

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa says he stands by the decision made by the referees’ committee which he chairs to rescind the red card given to Dynamos forward Christian Ntouba on Sunday.

Zifa boss Phillip Chiyangwa (right) seen here with Sports Minister Makhosini Hlongwane
Zifa boss Phillip Chiyangwa (right) seen here with Sports Minister Makhosini Hlongwane

Ntouba was shown his marching orders by referee Arnold Ncube for head-butting Bosso defender Peter Mudhuwa during Sunday’s match at Rufaro Stadium.

But barely 24 hours after the match, the referees’ committee announced that they had nullified the Cameroonian’s red card which makes him available for Sunday’s Harare derby against CAPS United.

However, the decision has not gone down well with many football followers, who are now accusing Chiyangwa of blatantly disregarding football rules in order to aid DeMbare, who are in a title race with Chicken Inn, FC Platinum and Ngezi platinum Stars.

“Leadership is about overcoming fear. Fearless people are true leaders. If you can’t make a decision then you cannot lead,” Chiyangwa told the Daily News yesterday as the saga continued to rage on.

“I had seen for myself that the referee had failed to handle the match and I called my committee for a meeting the following morning.

“We discussed about the red card which was a result of provocation by the Highlanders player. The next step we are taking is dealing with the referee and his assistants.

“We are still reviewing the video to bring closure to the matter and we are still going to go after the Highlanders player who slapped and provoked Ntouba.”

Chiyangwa also spoke about the hastiness of his committee’s decision when in some other leagues it takes up to three or four days before charges or nullifications of bookings can be announced.

“I was going to summon the referee but while I was still thinking about it that’s when I got a letter from Dynamos on the night after the match,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is that you actually receive reports to have an idea of what transpired but I was present at this match.

“No report can tell me more than what I saw with my own eyes. There was total chaos from the onset; the match official and his assistants did not handle that match very well; the sanctions are following them because of that.

“We have to take disciplinary action on these people with immediate action. When you are in charge of a match, you must be in total control.

“When you are a general of an army; your troops must toil the line; that’s what a referee is supposed to do.

“The game is in your hands and if you fumble like what happened where Ntouba was beaten up and fell down then Lloyd Mutasa nearly entered the fray; there was chaos and pandemonium on the fringes of the pitch.

“The referee never did anything; that’s when the real problem started and throughout the match there was chaos.”

The Zifa boss said they acted on the red card after DeMbare had written a letter of protest seen by the Daily News.

Although Ncube made several other questionable decisions against Highlanders, the referees’ committee did not make any pronouncements on these incidents.

The committee has now been accused of double standards but Chiyangwa does not agree.

“Highlanders have a tendency that when they complain about refereeing decisions it’s the fans that go haywire but this doesn’t come from the club.

“I receive numerous text messages from Highlanders fans complaining but not a single letter for the club leadership.

“Some clubs are very pragmatic. This letter came to me on Sunday evening. Dynamos made sure they had delivered their protest letter to me that same night after the match.

“The Highlanders supporters instead of just making noise they should have asked their leadership to write to me appealing the referee’s deisions.

“Morden Ngwenya (Highlanders acting-chairperson) was here in Harare and he was live on television on Monday night but they never appealed against the decisions made by the referee.

“We acted on the Ntouba red card because we had received a letter of complaint that very night from Dynamos.”

The Harare businessman, who has an interest in property development, denied allegations that he is biased towards DeMbare hence the decision to nullify Ntouba’s card.

“People should not place me in a Dynamos camp; don’t forget that the person who was my campaign manager to become Zifa president is that CAPS president (Farai Jere),” he said.

“There is no way I can favour Dynamos or any other team.”

Chiyangwa however, admitted that there is a serious problem with the standard of refereeing in the domestic game.

“I expect proper decorum of refereeing not the nonsense that I saw on Sunday. I’m sick and tired of these referees making stupid decisions,” he said.

“Some of the referees we have out there are very bad. I have confronted some of them after I have seen their dubious decisions.

“I’ve told them that I will involve the police at some stage because when you see some of the decisions they make, it looks like they have been bribed.”

Chiyangwa added: “What I’m trying to say is that as a referee you need to be firm and your decisions must be consistent from the onset to the end.

“As long as that is the case, you find that the players will not become loose cannons and even the supporters will behave.

“In the case of Dynamos-Highlanders, the referee allowed the match to get into a shambolic state where the play was not even satisfactory but very disappointing.” Daily News

  • Ramba wakadzvanya

  • Izkhothani vele azilanto enhle

  • Vanhu venjuga vanonetsa ava, akabheja ..

  • The man is now a joke.

  • Famba Phidza Famba. …

  • uyo ndewe betting saka anga akabheja

  • uyo ndewe betting saka anga akabheja

  • IZVI NDEZVE BHORA KWETE ZVEKUTI HAUNA CASH, MU BHORA REDU HAMUNA ANE CASH.

  • Zifa is lead by kleptomaniac man knwn as Philip Chiyangwa.he wants evry one to feel hm.shem!!!

  • Anogotiiiko.That’s bullish.Respect the spectators n match officials

  • Dictatorship runs in the family. Spoiling a good sport with your stupid intervention.

  • Ko adii angopa Dynamos yacho championship yacho. He has diluted the good flow of game that was being enjoyed by every Dembare fan. Now if Dembare goes on to win league vanhu vanongoti, “give thanks to Chiyangwa akakubatsirai”. But team yanga ichizvitambira bhora zvakanaka.
    We know kuti you have your team preferences maboss, but apa wabhaiza Phidza.

    • 100% true, Dynamos was playing well but now after this tongoti bhora rinohwinwa mu boardroom idhakise.

    • Help me guys makaona bhora racking here?

    • Thus true.He is diluting Dynamos good run

  • Nxt game better chiyangwa arefure Eva.

  • @chiyangwa he was correct 100% and he doing his job as it is kip it up bro @Fidza

  • Lol akakwana here chiya ngwa?

  • Then u did not saw that Dembarea goal was an offside, Bosso was denied a clear penalty and what about those balls thrown when Bosso was attacking You are stupid Mr to not spoil our beautiful game idiot man you belong to the past.Asifuni Bumbulu Dembare is playing beautiful game and are tha title contenders and they need not ur aid

  • Trump and chiyangwa same psychopaths

  • he is right. Vanhu ndimi joke. You need to look at both sides.

  • Does he know rules of the game??!!

  • Does he have to wait for a letter of complaint from Highlanders and total failure of refereeing is seen.
    He is lying between his teeth.

  • Horo yako duzvi wazvinzwa chiyangwa nxa.I wish if bosso withdraw from this zanu pf league. mhata yako

  • Taurai henyu blaz Fidza.dai mangotipa points futi

  • Muno munyika medu atina vanhu vanoda nhabvu tenemasuporter anosuporta chero zvakaipa.Wese anot Chiyangwa ari ryt ndiwo masupota asina ruzivo or vanongofa arimasapota asina njere

  • That’s the reason why i don’t support zim football.. People like phidza makes it a boring league you can never ever think of

  • ko iwe unoziva seyi reff asinakupa red ku boss player yakarova epupa

  • Akuda kungokonzeresa confusion mu bhora riye manje

  • Our country ,soccer, leaders everything is a joke up to when plz

  • lot chitakasha

    Mafunnies aya..

  • We don’t have to play football Sir Fidza, just declare your Champion chete. Act on what; within 24 hrs. Fuck you Gushungo!!!

  • Where have you ever seen a red card for head butting in retaliation rescinded ???…only in Zim , mahumbwe chaiwo !!!

    • And where have you seen a player being slapped the whole game even on off ball occasions and the refree ignoring

    • If that’s true the ref should have acted on that and if he didn’t do his job correctly then that’s a matter for the referees disciplinary committee to deal with ….this does not however justify retaliation and ref acted rightly , no no no to violence in football.

  • Where have you ever seen a red card for head butting in retaliation rescinded ….only in Zim ???

  • He can go to hell as far as I am concerned he is an A**hole

  • Because he is a scumbag!

  • Fuck u Chiyangwa apa urimbwa shame

  • How can you chair the referees committee and at the same time you are the Zifa president. Where has this ever happened…

  • A miserable baboon

  • Ndozvimunoda vanhu munhu mukamuona achifamba nekamota kakanaka moti ndokudzidza. Mungatora zvakadai kuita ZIFA president nhasi honai auraya bhora. Haatozivi zvake kana mutemo umwechete webhora uyu

  • he should have i had to foolishly act

  • This clown?? Kutobangoti..’ there is no report that can tell me more than what I saw with my own eyes’…. so why do you need a report from Highlanders when you saw with your eyes that Ntouba’s goal was a clear offside, that Ntouba headbutted Muduwa off the ball, that your favorite team threw balls on to the pitch whenever Bosso were threatening to score? Didn’t you see all this? Please leave soccer if you don’t know simple rules of the game.

  • Korapshan!

  • Complete madness

  • breaking news,there is now 6th sense. its called sense of madness. i dont know its functions. i don’t if there is anyone yet have that sense.

  • Haaa apa chiyangwa atadza basa

  • Its official.Philip Chiyangwa is the new Leslie Gwindi.

  • Cde Christian Epoupa(ephupha) “headbutter” Ntouba!!

  • To be fair ref ange asiri bhoo and player yebosso aitamba bhora risiri bhoo tisatarire one side Fidza aitawo zvake •Bhora redu rokuvadzwa nemaref vanenge vanemateam avo

  • U had to 4 wat iwe stupid.he did ths bkoz dembare is playn against caps and also kuti haufunge.looser

  • Everything in Zimbabwe from politics, economy to football is now a complete joke.

  • chiyangwa iweweka iweweka

  • Iye Zifa president anochair ref’s committee sei?

  • Apa aita chidofo phidza leave soccer admin to psl inga ts an affiliate body yakazvimirira wani… Kubhora u cnt bend the rules chiyangwa

  • Yes arcading to Soccer rules

  • CIFA Chiyangwa football association. Apa handna cash. He has proved that he is incapable of leading zifa. Bla phidza u have shown that u a biased and incompetent to hold that post.

  • CIFA Chiyangwa football association. Apa handna cash. He has proved that he is incapable of leading zifa. Bla phidza u have shown that u a biased and incompetent to hold that post.

  • Fuck you chiyangwa you are killing our beautiful game fuck your decision fuck your position fuck your tribalism ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

  • Fuck you chiyangwa you are killing our beautiful game fuck your decision fuck your position fuck your tribalism ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

  • Act kudiiko.tinyarireipo.nonsense

  • Act kudiiko.tinyarireipo.nonsense

  • Apa hauna brain

  • Apa hauna brain

  • nyika yose iri kukunyarira mdara

  • nyika yose iri kukunyarira mdara

  • Ngaachingoridza iye

  • Ngaachingoridza iye

  • Marwadziwa chete ne Dembare Chiyangwa paakabisa aimbova mukuru we CAF makapururudza nhasi obisa red card motsamwa murimaduzimani evanhu

  • Marwadziwa chete ne Dembare Chiyangwa paakabisa aimbova mukuru we CAF makapururudza nhasi obisa red card motsamwa murimaduzimani evanhu

  • Idiot

  • Idiot

  • This is a dictatorship I believe the he should stick being chairman instead wanting to be everything.

  • As long usina cash u cant go against chiyangwa.’s decision

  • Hapana chisingaperi

  • Two wrongs do not make a right. Do we have to have a complaint to see that something is wrong? Kana Bosso isina kunyora tsamba does that mean kuti kukandwa kwaiitwa mabhora is Not Wrong?? Just Asking

  • mwana wacho

    Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe vakomana. How can someone who never held a whistle even at boozers level, Chair a referees committee. In addition how can a chair of the whole organisation become a chair of a committee. Corporate governance tells me that committee chair persons report to the chair of the whole organisations so Chiyangwa reports to himself Shame, shame. Sometimes we wonder why Zimbabwe is such a laughing stock.

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