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AWCON 2016 – Zimbabwe writes protest letter to CAF over biased refereeing


Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has written an official letter to CAF protesting “biased decisions” against them in AWCON group “A” match against Egypt at Stade de Yaoundé, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

In the tie, which Egypt won 1-0 through Salma Tarik’s 83rd minute goal, the “Mighty Warriors” of Zimbabwe were denied what looked like a genuine equalizer a minute later after Felistas Muzongondi was flagged offside.

“We believe the referee (Burundian Suavis Iratunga) made a number of biased decisions against Zimbabwe and in particularly her decision in the 84th minute to disallow for offside the goal by Zimbabwe player Felistas Muzongondi,” the letter signed by ZIFA boss DR. Philip Chiyangwa and seen by reads in part.

“That denied goal resulted in Zimbabwe losing a game which they could have come out with at least a point as it would made the scores 1-1,” they argued, while seeking “justice.”

“We trust that while the result of the game may not be altered, justice will be seen to be done as the decision of referee Suavis Iratunga affected the qualification chance of our team in group A.”

The tournament has been punctuated by controversial officiating – bringing to question the competence of the officials handling it.

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: [email protected]

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