Highlanders demand their penalty

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Mufaro Machenjera
Highlanders have written to the Premier Soccer League demanding to be awarded their penalty appeal from their Castle Lager Premiership fixture against Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium last Sunday.
The move is likely to have been triggered by ZIFA’s Referees’ Committee’ decision to rescind Christian Epoupa’s red card during the Battle of Zimbabwe on Sunday.
However, the committee’s judgement was invalidated yesterday by PSL when they issued a statement denying ever receiving an appeal from Dynamos.
According to Chronicle, club CEO Nhlanhla Dube stated in the letter the club’s grievances concerning match officiating during the tie.
“We are fully cognisant of the decision by the Zifa referees’ committee to set aside the red card shown to Dynamos’ Christian Epoupa Ntouba during the game in question and note the expedient consideration applied in this instance,” wrote Dube.
The letter also listed a number of demands, top of which is a penalty appeal that was not given by referee Ncube, but earned Godfrey Makaruse a yellow card for simulation.
In the letter, Highlanders said that they willing to travel to Harare just to take the penalty kick.
They pleaded to the powers to “expeditiously” consider their complaint and review.
“Award our team a penalty for the incident against Godfrey Makaruse, which penalty we will be willing to travel to Harare and take,” Highlanders wrote.
Bosso also noted that Dynamos’ goal should be scrapped because Epoupa was in an offside position.
They challenged the authorities to caution Dynamos’ technical bench who they accused of interfering with their play by twice throwing the ball into the field when Bosso approached DeMbare’s box.
They also want Masvingo-based referee Ncube and his assistants reprimanded and suspended from taking charge of PSL games for the rest of the season.
In conclusion, Highlanders said: “Finally confirm the obvious conclusion that our club is therefore the winner of the said match.”Soccer 24

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