HARARE – Security details had to restrain Motor Action officials from assaulting referee Brighton Wagoneka at the end of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Black Mambas at Morris Depot.
Motor Action officials and players were demanding answers to what they felt was a great travesty by Wagoneka that denied the 10-man Bulls all three points.
The 2010 champions remain rooted at the bottom of the log with 17 points while Black Mambas are still on sixth position from bottom of the log with 28 points.
The Mighty Bulls dominated the first minutes of the game and raced into an early lead just 14 minutes into the game after Emmanuel Mandiringa received an inviting pass inside the box from Walter Musona before firing a shot past Mambas goalkeeper Tonderayi Mateyaunga.
With little sign of staging a comeback Black Mambas were thrown a lifeline in the 23 minute after Wagoneka awarded them a controversial penalty when Last Chibwiro allegedly went down under the challenge of Collen Kwaramba.
Evans Gwekwerere stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.
The two teams came into the second half with more impetus and play swung from one end to the other but with not much clear cut chances.
Gwekwerere had a good opportunity to thrust Mambas into the lead on 58 minutes after collecting a cross from Innocent Nyoni, but his effort went straight into the hands of the keeper.
The Mighty Bulls continued to pile pressure however, they run out of steam after their captain Passmore Bernard received a red card in the 87th minute after he received a contentious second yellow card from Wagoneka.
Bernard went down inside the box after he was challenged by three Mambas defenders when he was ready to shoot.
When Wagoneka blew to stop play many people inside the stadium thought he would signal a penalty to the visitors, but instead he penalised the Mighty Bulls captain for diving before showing him a second yellow.
After the match Motor Action technical advisor David George had no kid words for Wagoneka.
“The future of Zimbabwe football is bleak with this type of referees. I think he played a greater part we should have won this match,” George said
“I don’t know what to do. I am not happy with many decisions made by the referee today.”
Black Mambas assistant coach Martin Bonongwe said: “I don’t like to comment on referees because my job is to coach. We are not satisfied with a point; our aim was to collect three points in order to keep our relegation hopes alive.”