January 24, 2022

Masaza Cup: There’s unfairness in officiation – Buvuma’s Lwabanda

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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Buvuma captain Pascal Lwabanda (10) | David Isabirye Image

Buvuma’s captain Pascal Lwabanda together with his teammates were left unsatisfied with centre referee Paul Mutunzi’s performance after they lost 4-1 to Bugerere at the ongoing Masaza Cup tournament.

It was the second time that Mutunzi was officiating a game involving the Island side, having also been in charge of their 1-0 loss to Kyaggwe in their opening game of the competition.

“The biggest challenge we have faced so far is the poor officiation,” Lwabanda told the media after the game before adding.

“It is two games now and we have been officiated by the same referee who has given away two wrong penalty decisions against us.”

“First it was against Kyaggwe, where he rushed to make a decision yet the linesman who was closest to the incident, had indicated nothing.”

“When we tried to talk to him he adamantly responded to us that ‘Kyaggwe are the hosts’ which left us amused,” he added.

To their dismay, Mutunzi once again similarly awarded Bugerere a penalty and they can not understand what is happening.

“Even in our second game, he gave away yet another wrong penalty claiming we had handled the ball inside the box which wasn’t correct as per the linesman, it so sad that we have been treated this way.”

“We have not understood this tournament because of this chaos caused by the referee. It is not fair to think teams will just get free points from Buvuma. We shall only play the last game because we have to,” Lwabanda concluded.

Henry Brian Katamba had given Buvuma the lead before Mark Ssali equalized for Bugerere with halftime looming.

During the second half, it was Bugerere all over the ground netting three more goals through Ibrahim Bbosa, Moses Buga and Clinton Assimwe.

In their last group game, Buvuma will play against Busiro on Monday, December 13.

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