Petulant Dynamos in Champions League quit threat

HARARE – Zimbabwe giants Dynamos who are normally the beneficiaries of dodgy refereeing decisions in the domestic league are re-considering their future participation in the CAF Champions League after what they perceived as biased officiating in Sunday night s 3-0 second leg loss away to MC Algers of Algeria.\r\n

The home side managed in injury time to score the third goal they needed to win the first round encounter on goal difference after having lost the first leg 4-1 in Harare.

But Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa and many in the team s delegation have in interviews with the Herald daily expressed disgust at the conduct of Egyptian referee Fahim Omar

Mutasa said: "I have been in this competition before but have never seen anything remotely close to what transpired on Sunday.

Such acts of robbery make you question whether it’s worth being part of the Caf Champions League.

"Personally, I think it’s a waste of time as some unfortunate teams, without the financial muscle, get trampled on."

Omar handed two red cards and seven yellows to Dynamos players, further twisting the knife by adding seven minutes of injury time, a development which eventually led to MC Algers wining goal.

It is further claimed that the Egyptian awarded Dynamos only one free kick for the entire 97 minutes against MC Algers 36.

Some in the Dynamos delegation are expressing the view that they would have to think twice before participating in the tournament again. "We will decide on whether to continue pouring thousands of dollars into a losing cause.

"Events during our match against MC Algers clearly show that the powers that be want teams from North Africa to succeed at all costs while teams from Southern Africa, like Dynamos, are included to authenticate a flawed competition.

"Last year we came to Algeria to play Entente Setif and were given another raw deal was the view of Dynamos vice-chairman Kenny Mubaiwa, who is traveling with the team.

The Dynamos delegation is expected back home on Wednesday afternoon.