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Controversial ref for Caps, Mazembe tie

17/03/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Bernard Camille

CONTROVERSIAL Seychelles referee Bernard Camille has been nominated to handle the African Champions League first round, second leg clash against five- time African Champions TP Mazembe and Caps United at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Camille will be assisted by fellow countrymen, Barra Allaister and Petrousse Danny while Pool Gerad is the fourth official.

In 2013, the Seychelles referee sparked controversy in DRC when he awarded TP Mazembe two controversial penalties in their Champions league clash against Orlando Pirates.

Pirates had the late goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa to thank after he proved his heroics between the sticks when he saved both penalties.

Pirates had earlier suffered another blow when their captain Lucky Lekgwathi was controversially sent off by the Seychelles official.

TP Mazembe won 1-0 in the tempestuous match but Orlando Pirates went through 3-2 on aggregate.

And on Sunday the Seychelles referee will be under the spot light as Caps United host the DRC champions. The Green Machine need at least a goalless draw or an outright win to advance to the lucrative group stage of the competition.

The Zimbabwe champions are guaranteed a $ 550 000 windfall should they defy the odds and beat TP Mazembe to the group stage of the tournament.

And the club hierarchy has promised the players that they will share a total of $165 000 from that amount which translates to about $5000 per player.

Winners of this year's Champions League will pocket $2.5 million. The runners-up will get $1.250 million, while the losing semi-finalists will get $800 000 each.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s men defied odds to hold the five time African champions to a 1-1 draw last weekend thus getting a crucial away goal that will come in handy in the reverse fixture on Sunday.

Abbas Amidu scored the all-important goal.


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