The 2015 Carlsberg Cup organising committee chairperson, Jabbar Alide, has hailed this year’s edition as a success administratively, but bemoaned finalists, Be Forward Wanderers and Big Bullets’ unpalatable displays.
Wanderers beat the Bullets 2-1 to lift the cup at Civo Stadium where both teams could not string more than five passes uninterrupted; a sight which disappointed some fans and Alide.
In an interview with Times Television yesterday, Alide described the standard of play as ‘going backwards’ and as being ‘incoherent’ with the ball just being floated from back to front. Several pundits shared the concerns.
Alide, however, noted that issues of play are not the committee’s responsibility, adding that despite advance ticket sales flopping and concerns over venues, the cup was a success.
“Overall, we had a very good competition. It was one of the best run competitions. We do, however, acknowledge that every journey has challenges. For example, we realised that administrators don’t look at rules,” he explained, while acknowledging that the condition of the pitch contributed to the poor play.
Going forward, Alide said they would commit clubs to a charter to avoid concerns like the one which Moyale Barracks raised in the middle of the Carlsberg Cup that they played all games away.
Bullets’ captain Fischer Kondowe attributed the poor performance to the bumpy condition of the pitch which he felt was not good enough for a final, adding that “you just could not control the ball.”
Wanderers’ vice-captain Francis Mlimbika missed the game through injury, hence was unable to comment. His captain Richard Chipuwa is in South Africa with the Flames.
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