Caf never loved us — Mlauzi

MIGHTY Warriors coach, Shadreck Mlauzi has become the latest figure to allege a Confederation of African Football (Caf) conspiracy to undermine Southern African football, expressing his disgust at the manner in which match officials handled his side’s game against Egypt on Tuesday night at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjio in Cameroon, which left Zimbabwe on the brink of African Women Cup of Nations elimination.

BY HENRY MHARA IN YAOUNDE, CAMEROON

mighty-warriors-back-page

The outspoken gaffer alleged Caf had a hand in the robbery in a bid to help Egypt through.

Mlauzi’s side were defeated 1-0 by the North Africans, but in the most controversial of circumstances after an inconsistent Burundian referee, Suavis Iratunga disallowed what looked like a genuine goal that would have seen Zimbabwe get back to level terms almost immediately after Egypt had scored.

After Salma Ahmed had given Egypt an 83rd minute lead, the Mighty Warriors looked to have levelled matters straight from the restart when substitute Felistas Muzongondi poked home from a cross on the right.

Iratunga initially pointed to the centre to signal a goal, but as the Zimbabwean players were still celebrating, she bizarrely changed her decision to award Egypt a free kick for a foul on goalkeeper Maha Shehata after consultations with the assistant referee.

Television replays, however, showed the Egytian goalie went down untouched and well after the ball had hit the back of the net.

The decision incensed Mlauzi, who could be seen gesturing to the fourth officials, with his sympathisers booing Iratunga.

In his post-match comments, the Mighty Warriors gaffer had no kind words for the referee, whom he accused of bias.

Mlauzi even suggested a conspiracy by Caf to propel certain teams at this tournament at the expense of others.

“The match referee had a hand in the outcome of the match. Every 50-50 situation was adjudged a foul on my players.
It appeared every decision went the way of Egypt and it kept frustrating the players,” he said.


“The referee signalled for a goal and then decided against it. I didn’t see any infringement on the goalkeeper or any offside. It’s these kind of decisions that keeps African football stagnant where certain underserving teams qualify to the next stage just because they are from North Africa. When this happens regularly and no punishment is given to the referees, it becomes very worrying.”

While Mlauzi feels the referee was out of sorts, he believes his team could have avoided the drama by converting their chances.

Rutendo Makore, Kudakwashe Bhasopo and Mavis Chirandu all missed good opportunities for Zimbabwe in a match they largely dominated.

“We should have done better. We were in control, we played the way we wanted, but our finishing was not clinical.

We had wanted an early goal so the more the game progressed, the more they grew in confidence and the more we became frustrated and desperate.”

The defeat left the Migthy Warriors third in Group A log standings, with a single point and on the brink of elimination from the tournament.

For them to have a chance to progress to the semi-finals, they now need to beat hosts and already qualified Cameroon by a wide margin tomorrow and hope that group anchors South Africa, also on one point, win with a narrow margin against Egypt.

Cameroon are on six points and through to the next stage after their opening two wins against Egypt and South Africa.

The two last group matches will be played concurrently.

Loading...

19 Comments

  1. the referee is a disgrace to her nation

  2. Mhondoro Yemumvura

    I was saddened by the referee’s decision that’s not fair, it should be reversed.

  3. CAF is just full of people who want to make money at the expense of southern Africa teams. These are corrupt officials including the referee who was given money and are simply not ashamed of their actions. As a nation Zimbabwe we know we had a draw with Egypt, period !

    1. Same same nezanu-pf

  4. Its high time we as southern African teams stop these games as a way to get CAF and FIFA to look into these matters and address them. When South African soccer teams refused to play in the African campaign we said it was bullshit. They had a point. Lets better our Africa by doing the right things. This is the reason why we never develop.

  5. We scored a bond goal. Bonds do not work outside the country so the bond goal was disallowed.

  6. Yes Mlauzi feels let down by the referee, but lets critically analyse this for future intents and purposes. The team that played Egypt on the day could have avoided the problem they have now if they had made better use of the chances that came their way. It was clear to all that if ever the team was to score or win the match, the left wing was to play pivotal role in that achievement. Mlauzi failed to read this part of the game, choosing to just game watch(cleary cold) not shouting to shift a game that was almost entirely being played at the right wing in the whole second half. Where was our coach here? Ball watching of coarse as many of us were. These girls look up to the coach, who has full view of the game to command them to victory. A number of goals (even two) could have seen us thru a referee who from the start of the game had really wanted us out of the tourney.

    1. @Xriss! What is wrong with you??? In football the world over players fail to convert chances and there is little a coach can do to change that. Even the top players like Messi and Ronaldo miss chances. That is the nature of the game. If however, a player scores a goal it is wrong for a referee to disallow it for no apparent reason. I watched the clip over and over again and could not fathom why the goal was disallowed. The referee gave Egypt three points that they did not deserve at Zimbabwe’s expense.

  7. Guys referees make errors all the time. Be it laliga, epl or the World Cup. Our coach is very immature to include Caf. He is irresponsible in his remarks and we should not encourage that.

  8. legend of elegance

    it is the intensity of the mistake that left us wondering, it was a clear goal disallowed full stop ,don’t allow criminals to get away with murder just because others have killed before

  9. mthokozisi mangisi

    hu knows mayb ey hev imposed ma sanctions even in soccer. otherwise e gals wer firm throut e match.

  10. Play better soccer and score more goals to win. Trying to blame CAF will never make you better players, you could perhaps have an issue with the ref which you can report to CAF otherwise self praise is your down fall, remember this is the team which lost 7/0 in the world cup, where have you improved? You want improvement from the ref, you first.

  11. maradabvutadabvu

    The girls should score more than 5 goals to be on the safe side, isn’t they qualified winning some games 13 ziro

  12. Willard Tramposo

    Women soccer in Zim is a waste of resources. Well done Egypt.
    FUTBOL DE FEMENINA ES UNA PERDIDA DE RECURSOS.
    Zim coach was ball watching and never shouted instructions.

    1. Fanub desach, vamporry degasto gasesh
      Hameno ikoko, but All for all i know urimboko

  13. Mighty Warriors Indeed

    Well done to our girls, they really played good football. Yes they did not manage to score, but so did Egypt. When they scored, the referee robbed them of a clear goal. This right in front of Issa Hayatou the CAF President and his executive? Even before commentators influenced my thinking, I was bitterly complaining that the ref was biased as she blew against our girls for every challenge. What’s worse is that the so called ‘god of football in Zimbabwe’ was no where to be seen. I would be surprised if he at all saw the match even on TV.

  14. Hw can Caf luv us wen we dont evn luv ourselves? Zim is the only country with an unbranded kit at the tornament in this age? I thot Chiyangwa being a flamboyant guy who likes showing off nice clothes and cars will make sure we wear a nice kit bt eish this is embarrasing by any standard

  15. this zanu pf mentality of balaming all and sundery for our shortcomings must stop. we must critically assess ourselves. these girls qualified for oLYMPICS AND PLAYED AGAINST BETTER OPPOSITION. THEY COME TO caf AND CANT EVEN BEAT UNKNOWN QUANTITIES LIKE eGYPT AND WANT TO BLAME THE REF? WHAY DIDNT THEY SCORE 3 GOALS?

  16. Isu vamwe hatichakatyamadzwe ne stolen victories

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.