motor action protest.jpgDynamos opened up the championship race and a credible chance to run for the league title after beating log leaders, Motor Action 2-1 in a match marred by controversy at Rufaro stadium on Sunday afternoon.


It was a tense affair that saw Dynamos playing underdogs in the first 20 minutes as the Mighty Bulls directed the show and pressuring in search for an opener. 

But as fate would have it, DeMbare were the first to get into the nets 35 minutes into play as Gwekwerere deeped hard a header from a Benjamin Marere feed.

The goal ignited the Glamour Boys into the command seat, but things changed 3 minutes into the second half as Guthrie Zhokinyo handled inside the box prompting referee Ruzive Ruzive to point to the penalty spot.

Allan Gahadzikwa stepped up and dutifully took the responsibility to level arrears in the 48th minute.

With 14 minutes to fulltime, drama unfolded as Dynamos made a go at Motor Action goal and in the mist of the goal mouth action referee Ruzive awarded a penalty after a Motor Action defender had handled in a typical Suarez manner.

From the look of things the ball crossed the line but the referee stood on his feet and instead decided to go for a penalty kick.

arubi cele.jpgMurape stepped up and his effort went wide but this was not before Ruzive had adjudged an infringement and awarded a retake.

This sparked an uproar from Motor Action, who felt hard done.

After a stoppage of about 7 minutes, calm returned into the field of play but Dembare pulled a surprise, substituting the first taker, Murape with goalkeeper Washington Arubi who made no mistake to score DeMbare’s second goal.

The substitution on the penalty left many aggrieved and wondering whether substituting a penalty taker during a retake is allowed.

A look at the FIFA rules shows that the statutes are silent about whether a substitution on a retake can be done but they clearly state that if an infringement occurs a retake should be awarded and the penalty taker should be identified by the referee and the goalkepeer.

Motor action coach Joey Antipas like his players felt hard done.

“Dynamos missed their penalty and I do not know why the referee awarded a retake. Dynamos always get favours from referees and we are a small team there is nothing that we can do,” fumed Antipas.

dembare goal 21-11-10.jpgDynamos Assistant coach, Simon Chuma said they deserved to win.

“The Motor Action defender handled in the box and the ball crossed the line, so the referee should given the defender a red card and then a straight goal instead of a penalty,” said Chuma.

In other matches played across the country today, Highlanders beat Bantu Rovers 1-nil, Hwange dismissed Shabanie 3-1, and the match between FC Victoria and Douglas Warriors was not played as reports say the referees refused to officiate after one of them was beaten up at mucheke.