CIVO Sporting ClubAssistant Coach Oscar Kaunda, blamed his team’s 1-1 draw with hosts MZUNI Football Club (FC) on Sunday in the TNM Super League match, to poor officiation from the men in black.
The Lilongwe-based giants were held at the Mzuzu Stadium in a hot-tempered match that ended abruptly before the final whistle, due to unsavory scenes in the crowd, which forced the police to fire teargas to disperse irate fans who were angered following the awarding of a penalty to CIVO FC late into the game, by referee James Chisunkha.
The outcome meant that CIVO would have gone home from their 2 assignments in the North with 4 points out of a maximum 6 points after thumping Moyale Barracks FC 3-0 on Saturday in their first outing.
According to CIVO’s Kaunda, the referee was unfair despite being awarded a spot kick that earned them a point.
“The referee was very poor, he gave away lots of dubious free kicks to the home side and we felt we should at least have had 3 penalties,” he lamented.
Never the less, Kaunda was sastified to come away with 4 points.
He said their recent results show the merits of their performances on the pitch.
However reacting to Kaunda’s sentiments MZUNI technician Alex Ngwira, laughed off the suggestions that the men in black were biased to the home team; he describes the comments as unfortunate considering they were the ones who were robbed of all 3 points.
He said as proven by the angry scenes during the awarding of the penalty, the referee had a shocker of a match.
“We were in control of the match and looking comfortable, then the handball for the penalty it wasn’t even one, hence the anger,” said a frustrated Ngwira.
With their 4 points in the North CIVO FC climbed to 4th position on the log table with 21 points from 13 matches, 7 points behind leaders BeForward Wanderers. While MZUNI lie at 12th with 16 points after 12 games.