HARARE City coach Masimba Dinyero and captain David Kutyauripo cried foul after losing the Chibuku Super Cup final to FC Platinum on Sunday.
While Dinyero refused to wear the loser’s medal, his captain went further and insinuated that Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri had a hand in their loss.
Platinum scored a hotly disputed last minute goal through Walter Musona to force a 1-1 stalemate and extra time, before eventually winning 3-1 on penalties.
Accepting his medal, a livid Kutyauripo said: “This is not why we voted for you as chairman. What was that, was that a goal?”
The veteran skipper was speaking in front of Delta Beverages marketing manager Stanley Muchenje.
The PSL has already confirmed that Dinyero will face the disciplinary committee for bringing the game of football into disrepute for refusing to accept the medal while comments by Kutyauripo are being looked into.
Kutyauripo cleared a header from the line by Musona, but the far side assistant referee adjudged that the ball had crossed the line and referee signalled for a goal in the 94th minute.
“We were robbed. Injury time was over and we were winning. That is why our referees never make it in Africa,” Dinyero fumed.
The match commissioner for the game was Fifa and Caf instructor Felix Tangawarima, who is based at the world football governing body’s offices in Gaborone, Botswana.
More than 15,000 fans watched the match on a rain-drenched pitch which rendered play poor.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum will represent Zimbabwe in the 2015 edition of the CAF Confederation Cup after winning the Chibuku Super Cup on Sunday.
Platinum president George Mawere said after the victory while they would wait for confirmation from their parent company Mimosa Mining Company, their aim was to take part in the competition after their last dance in 2012.
They took part in Champions League and bowed out in the second round after losing 3-0 to El Merreikh in Sudan.
Goalkeeper Petros Mhari, who was captain of the day and saved a penalty, is already relishing a dance in Africa after playing for Hwange in 2012.
“I am looking forward to the Confederation Cup. I played in that tournament with Hwange and it is another journey to Africa for me with FC Platinum.Advertisement
“We have a team of young players and they will have to grow and develop in that competition. I am still growing in football too and this is a good opportunity,” Mhari said.