The match between Chibuku Super Cup favourites, Caps United and Shabanie mine was called off due to crowd trouble.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
The bogey side, Shabanie Mine were leading by a goal to nil before the cancellation of the game in the 65th minute which was ignited by visitors fans who felt referees’ decision was impartial.
The ugly scene which has of late become the order of the local premier league teams started after Nyamupfukudzwa scored from an offside position which the assistant referee who is no stranger to controversy, Thomas Kusosa, flagged for an offside.
But Caps United fans would have none of it, prompting them to pelt missiles aimed at the assistant referee.
One of the missiles hit him above the eye before he was rushed to the safety of the changing rooms.
The visitors had become the favourites to go all the way after the other big two Dynamos and Highlanders were booted out in the first round including league title challengers Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum.
However, the Green Machine found themselves trailing 1-0 on 43 minutes after William Mapfumo thrust Shabanie into the lead.
A late bid to claw back into the game proved futile as Shabanie defended resolutely. As frustration took its toll on the visitors some Caps United are alleged to have pelted the referee accusing him of bias leading to the stoppage of the match.
Caps United have not beaten Shabanie at Maglass in the last 10 years.
The last time they managed that feat at Maglas was way back in 2004 and 2005, when they won with identical 1-0 scorelines. It was the year they won two successive championship under the guidance of Charles Mhlauri.
Subsequesent bids to win at Maglas have proven to be a tall order for the Green Machine.
The two teams now await the Premier Soccer League disciplinary board’s judgement.
Meanwhile, Bulawayo City have dumped Yadah out of Chibuku cup after a late strike by Ishamael Wadi in the 84th minute.