Sunday, March 3, 2024

Bondo escapes another attack

Botswana’s finest referee Joshua Bondo escaped unhurt after he was mobbed by angry Mc Algiers players following their loss against Wydad Casablanca.

Bondo was the man in the middle when the two teams clashed in the quarter finals of the CAF champions’ league this past weekend.

Mc Algiers players could not calm their emotions and charged towards Bondo after he blew the final whistle to eliminate their side from the lucrative African club competition.

Following a one all stalemate in Algiers, both teams looked destined for a goalless draw until a last minute goal by Walid El Karti pierced through the hearts of Mc Algiers.

The goal sparked wild celebrations from the Moroccan giants, something which did not go down well with the Mc Algiers players who could not handle the lengthy celebrations.

Things got hairy when Bondo blew the final whistle with just a few seconds left to play, and he had to run for dear life as angry Mc Algiers players bayed for his blood.

The players were allegedly incensed as they felt the referee should have added some minutes for time wasted during Wydad Casablanca’s lengthy celebrations.

It was not the first time that ‘The Sprinter,’ as Bondo is affectionately called, had to run for dear life from incensed players.

In 2013, Bondo reported the duo of Micheal Mogaladi and Pontsho Moloi at Gaborone Central Police after allegations that they punched him in the dressing room.

The Sprinter has also been fingered by Zimbabwe Football Association for mishandling their game in one of the COSAFA tournament in the past years.

However, CAF is reportedly investigating players from Mc Algiers and appropriate measures will be taken.


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