Chegutu Pirates ——(1)1
Chinhoyi Stars ——(0)0
By Innocent Muchochomi in Chegutu
Chinhoyi Stars coach Richard Chunga denounced poor refereeing for the 0-1 loss they suffered at the hands of Chegutu Pirates in the Northern Region Division One Soccer League game played at Pfupajena Stadium on Saturday.
Chunga whose lads dominated possession from the onset in this see-saw brawl succumbed to a first-half free-kick well taken by Gift Mwinga
After the match, Chunga, who left Pirates in a huff following irreconcilable differences with the executive before the 2023 NRSL season kick-off, heaped praise on his side’s display but had no kind words for below-par refereeing
“As Chinhoyi Stars coach I’m very happy with the way
“We played quite well. We created a lot of chances but there were a lot of frustrations because every decision was against us.
“We were even denied a clear penalty in the last half.”
” Referees are deciding the outcome and we have nowhere to complain .”
“How referees are trading matches is the reason why our football standard is plummeting,” said Chunga.
While the result was unpalatable to Chinhoyi, it was much of a relief to Pirates as a cluster of supporters was clamoring for the ouster of the technical department.
Pirates head coach Emmanuel “Ras Day” Gutu was elated with the win but hastened to rubbish bickering fans saying they are just ponies pushed by former players who think they are qualified to run the club”
“Firstly I’m relieved but as I have always said soccer is played in the field of play, not on social media.”
” I’m not publicity crazy so I will talk much in the field but let me make it clear that when I got engaged the executive laid targets that we must achieve and I’m focussed on that not anything else
“On the field, we are trying different variations of formations and I think it’s adversely affecting our play but we will adapt.”