KATHMANDU, DEC 29 - Mcdowells’ Rani-pokhari Corner Team (RCT) were dealt with another major blow in their title hunt as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Tribhuwan Army Club in the Red Bull Martyrs’ Memorial ‘A’ Division League on Saturday in a highly controversial match that saw their officials, including coach Madhu Karki, being sent off.
Bharat Khawas had given Army the lead in the 49th minute before Afeez had cancelled lead in the 79th minute. As the match headed towards a draw, Nepali international Khawas slotted home a spectacular winner in the last minute of the 11 minutes second half added time to stun RCT.
“Officials have been an epicenter of controversies,” said RCT’s substitute coach Baiju Kapali, speaking for Madhu Karki, who was sent off by match referee, Sudish Pandey in the 65th minute. “Khawas had put Army forward through a goal that was clearly a hand ball which referees turned their blind eye towards it.
“On the other hand our coach Madhu Karki, who never uses any sort of abusive language towards officials, was given his marching orders. They are utterly partial. Where has their ethics towards the game gone?” asked Kapali.
The game erupted in controversy following the red card shown to Karki as the game was stopped for about 10 minutes.
RCT’s officials harshly protested the decision and were involved in scuffles with Match Commisioner Sanjiv Mishra.
Finally when peace was restored, RCT officials Chankez Lal Shrestha and Uttam Raj Shrestha were also booked for their involvement in the scuffle.
As if that was not sufficient, the match witnessed another sudden hype in action when Afeez was sent off for a second bookable offense on Tek Bahadur Budathoki in additional time. Enraged with the decision, Afeez went to confront the match referee and tripped upon Budathoki- who was lying on the ground after being fouled.
The incident left Army players infuriated as they spurred into action, encircling and punishing the culprit by themselves. Army’s Yuddha Shahi was sent off for manhandling Afeez.
Earlier in the day, Nepal Police Club played a 1-1 stalemate against NRT. Sulaiman Olansile 10th minute lead for NRT was cancelled by Suman Subedi eight minutes later.
Posted on: 2012-12-30 09:01