Chaos mars Tigers' victory over Young African

19 Jan 2019 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – Tigers’ 1-0 victory over Young African Friday in the eighth round of the 2018/19 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) at Sam Nujoma Stadium was marred by chaos at the end of the match.
Rookie referee Wihelm Haitembu produce a sub-standard performance which culminated in Young African players and officials chasing him across the field after he blew the final whistle.
African felt Haitembu had denied them a clear penalty right at the death when Tigers’ Zimbabwean import Knowledge Mutyoraringa handled the ball in his 18 yard box.
With everyone expecting the match official to point to the spot, Haitembu opted to finish the match, much to Tigers’ relief.
Dismayed Young African players and officials then chased the referee and pushed him around until security officials intervened.
Tigers had taken the lead late in the match through substitute Deon Tjizumaue, who dribbled his way into the box from the left flank before exchanging passes with Muna Katupose.
Tjizumaue then finished off the move with a precise shot from his right boot into the corner of the net to give his side a second consecutive victory.
African then threw everything into attack resulting, in their penalty shout which caused pandemonium.
Young African coach and club owner, Maleagi Ngarizemo was furious and blamed the match officiating on the current state of affairs at the Namibia Football Association (NFA).
“These guys did not receive any training this season, that is why they are so poor. They are killing our football. How was this guy selected to handle this match? He is from Wambo location, where Tigers is based. He is friends with them and meets with these players regularly,” Ngarizemo said.
He said those responsible for selecting match officials could have used a referee from elsewhere to avoid controversy.
The Young African owner accused the NFA of short-changing the NPL by failing to train the referees, saying he hopes the football mother body puts its house in order.
“We pay the salaries of these referees but we cannot even call them to order as they are under the NFA’s guidance and control. This match was decided by the match official. This is pathetic, these referees must attend courses,” he said.
His opposite number, Mervin Mbakera chose not to comment on the decision, but did say the official’s decision is final.
“These guys are human beings like us. If there is room for improvement we have to let them improve. I think there are rightful people who assess their performance, hence I think that is the rightful person to answer that question of the match official’s performance,” he said.
The NPL continues on Saturday with Julinho Sporting concluding the round eight matches against Orlando Pirates in Rundu.
Round nine kicks off in Windhoek, with Citizens facing Life Fighters and Civics playing Young Brazilians.
Mighty Gunners will host Eleven Arrows at the Mokati Stadium in Otjiwarongo.