BY STEVEN WYSON
Central Region Football Association (CRFA) has suspended Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) player Manson Honde for six games for indiscipline.
According to a ruling signed by CRFA general secretary Benard Chiwiriwiri Harawa, the league suspended Honde for causing abandonment of a Chipiku League game against Dedza Dynamos.
The ruling states that the player snatched cards from referee Charles Lulaka and tore them after he was shown a second yellow card that warranted a red card in the 67th minute.
“Manson Honde is officially suspended for six games for indiscipline and Luanar ground is slowly, but surely growing into a hostile pitch for visiting teams.
“We are seriously warning players of their behaviour that a repeat of the same will attract several punishments that may include banning them for life,” reads the ruling in part.
The committee has also ruled that the game should be replayed at a neutral venue, Mitundu ground on a date to be communicated.
Luanar FC coach Pofera Jegwe acknowledged the ruling and said the club will find a way forward. “It was unfortunate that it happened like that”.
Dedza Dynamos chairperson Charles Masauko described the ruling as unfair.
“It was proved beyond reasonable doubt that Luanar caused the abandonment of the game and why should they order a replay like the cause was a natural one?” Masauko queried.
The game was abandoned while Luanar were leading 1-0.
Meanwhile, league leaders Airborne Rangers have created a three-point gap at the top after beating Ngolowindo 2-0. They have 68 points from 29 games while Mafco are on second with 65 points from 28 games.