One of Zimbabwe’s star players had an angry confrontation with the referee during Zimbabwe’s defeat to Tunisia in their last game at the Africa Cup of Nations. According to the Herald, the referee and one of his assistants were heard discussing the scoreline of the group match B which was being played at the same time as the Warriors match.
The Herald’s source told them:
The incident was sparked by a row between one of our star players and the referee after he said he heard the referee asking his assistant what was the scoreline in the other group match between Algeria and Senegal while our game was in progress
Our player was taken aback by that and asked the referee and his assistant as to why they wanted to know the scoreline in the other match since their responsibility was just about handling our game as fairly as possible
The Herald also questions why Zimbabwe were the only team who had more than one match handled by referees from the same country.
When you look at all the other group matches you will see that Zimbabwe were the only ones who had match officials, coming from the same country, handling more than one of their games and that’s quite interesting, isn’t it?
The article also questions some of the decisions made by the match officials as having shades of bias. The Herald’s source said:
You look at that decision to say Mushekwi (Nyasha) had fouled his marker, when Tunisia were still leading 1-0 and you also look at that penalty which should have been a foul for handball against that Tunisian and everything appears to make sense.