Bulawayo’s ceremonial home of football, Babourfields stadium was turned into a bloody warzone after a league match pitting reigning Castle Lager premier league champions Chicken Inn and arch rivals Highlanders on Sunday.
By Evans Gutsa
A Tafadzwa Kutinyu’s sucker punch in the 92nd minute was overruled by the referee who insisted that he had blown to end the match on the run of play as Kutinyu slotted the ball past Highlander’s goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda.
The match ended 1-1 and Chicken Inn felt hard done by the referee who denied them the three points after Kutinyu’s goal was overturned right at the death of the encounter.
As Kutinyu was celebrating the goal, the second assistant referee Salani Ncube pointed to the centre circle as per football’s rules once a goal is scored.
Drama unfolded as the referee Nkosikhona Moyo insisted that he had blown to end the match on the run of play before Kutinyu slotted the ball past Sibanda.
As tension reverberated after the disallowed goal, Chicken Inn players mobbed the referee demanding answers and in the process, Chicken Inn’s striker, Obadiah Tarumbwa slapped Highlander’s defender Peter Muduwa leading to Bosso fans invading the pitch.
It was during the pitch invasion that the police details were outnumbered and one police officer is feared to be in critical condition and is said to be admitted at Mpilo hospital after he was attacked by the rowdy Soweto end Bosso supporters.
Angry Bosso fans invading the pitch, Police details retreating
Police in Bulawayo have so far confirmed the arrests of four people in connection with the mayhem at Babourfields stadium popularly known as Emagumeni.
Chicken Inn took the lead through Warriors defender Lawrence Mhlanga in the 33rd minute when he headed home a corner kick from George Majika. Hardworking Bosso midfieder Simon Munawa levelled terms in the 52nd minute, sliding into the nets a cross from Rahman Kutsanzira.
The draw means in twelve league meetings since the champions came into top flight football, they have won five times, Bosso once and the other six matches ended in draws.