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Massacre at Ascot Collapses Goal Posts

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IT was supposed to be a close contest, but it ended up looking like a one-sided affair as in form Harare giants Dynamos turned on the power to secure four goals against hapless Chapungu in an exciting premier league encounter before the abandonment of the match in the 58th minute after the goal posts collapsed. 

By Causemore Gadeni

The Dynamos new look team continued with their fine form after netting four goals to nothing against the Airmen at Ascot Stadium on Sunday.

Spurred on by their vociferous crowds, DeMbare took their chances in the first half and were destined to walk away deserving winners courtesy of goals from double scorer Emmanuel Mandiranga and rejuvenated Denver Mkamba before Cameroonian forward  Christian Epoupa made it four in the 50th minute.

Mandiranga opened the scoring account in the 7th minute with a beauty before rejuvenated Denver Mkamba doubled the lead in the 20th minute.

Mandiranga asked another question on the half hour mark and Chapungu could not find an answer making it 3 nil in favour of the visitors before the breather.

Chapungu came a determined side in the second stanza as they tried to reduce the danger but the well organized Dembare side could not be intimidated as the visitors continued to dictate the pace in all departments.

Cameroonian Christian Epoupa could not be left on the party and grabbed a 50th minute goal for Dynamos before the abandonment of the match after 58th minute of play to fix the goal posts.

Emmanuel Mandiranga, the darling of the day after grabbing a brace, released a shot as he hunts for a hat trick. In the process of stopping the youthful forward’s effort, Chapungu goalkeeper collided with the post in 55th minute and in the process bringing the entire goal post down forcing the match to be abandoned after 58th minute of play.

The abandoned match is likely to attract a replay to come up with the eventual winner.

According to the field laws, if the crossbar becomes displaced or broken, play is stopped until it has been repaired or replaced in position. If it is not possible to repair the crossbar, the match must be abandoned.

In addition, if the referee declares that one spot on the field is not playable, then the entire field must be declared unplayable and the game abandoned. A careful inspection of the field before the start of the game might lead the referee to abandon the game before it was started.

If, once the match has begun, the referee discovers a problem that is not correctable, then the referee’s decision must be to abandon the game and report the matter to the competition authority.

In all cases, the referee must submit a full report to the appropriate authorities. If a game is abandoned or terminated before it is completed, the determination of the result is up to the competition authority (league, cup, tournament).

In most cases, competitions declare that if a full half has been played, the result stands, but that does not apply to a,ll competitions.

The referee does not have the authority to declare what the score is or who has won the game. The referee’s only recourse is to include in his game report full details of what caused the match to be abandoned or terminated.

The status of an abandoned is determined by the rules of the competition or the competition authority itself. There is no set amount of time, but many rules of competition will call a game complete if a full half has been played.

In another matches played across the country, Bulawayo giants Highlanders recovered from a 3-0 nightmare against Black Rhinos last week after dismissing Hwange by 3 goals to nil at Babourfields.

Log leaders, Black Rhinos were to a nil all draw by Shabanie Mine at Maglas stadium while Ngezi Platinum Stars surrendered a 2- 1 lead against Mathembe’s youngsters Bantu Rovers, ending the match 2-2 at Baobab stadium.

Newly Harare City gaffer, Philani Ncube grabbed three vital points against Triangle as relegation survival mission takes shape.    Harare City won 2-0.

Other PSL results:

Ngezi Platinum 2-2 Bantu Rovers
Harare City 2-0 Triangle
Bulawayo City 2-1 Yadah FC
Shabanie 0-0 Black Rhinos

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