warriors-liberia referees.jpgThe refereeing by Benin’s match officials has come under the spotlight with Warriors interim head coach Norman Mapeza calling for the Confederation of African Football to create a level playing field by ensuring match officials perform up to standard.

 

A dismal refereeing performance was the order of the day when Zimbabwe took on Liberia’s Lone Stars in Monrovia on Sunday.

 

It was a match where all 50/50 challenges tended to sway in the Liberians favour.

 

After watching the pathetic level of refereeing by the Benin trio led by controversial Koffi Codjia and his assistants Alex Fassinou and Prosper Padonou, Warriors coach Norman Mapeza was left livid.

 

“It is really sad how the match officials handled the encounter in Liberia and what we are saying is there should be a level playing field on the part refereeing. The referee was coming from match suspension and he did nothing to prove he has reformed, CAF should surely remove such referees from their panel,” Mapeza said.

 

The continuing trend where teams which visit West and North Africa are being virtually thrown to the guillotine by biased match officials can be attributed to the Confederation of African Football who tend to sway encounters in the favour of teams from these regions. The three match officials are from Liberia’s neighbours Benin.

 

Only two weeks ago, Dynamos suffered a demoralising defeat at the hands of Algerian club Entente Setif despite scoring a clear goal which was however disallowed by the Moroccan referee. Again, Morocco is Algeria’s neighbour.

 

Two weeks earlier, DeMbare had watched in horror as Esperance were handed a dubious late penalty by a Togolese referee and the home team went on to win 1-0.

 

Does someone not smell a West and North African conspiracy?

 

Of course the CAF Headquarters are in Egypt, North Africa and CAF President Issa Hayatou hails from, Cameroon, West Africa.