Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has suspended five top referees for various offences.
Patrick Ngoleka and Dennis Ngulube, have received five months’ suspension each while Andy Kuseli (one month), Jones Chimeza and Azizi Nyirenda for two months each following recommendations from the association’s referees’ sub- Committee for officiation-related incidents.
Fam was also about to suspend the sixth referee, Arnold Maseko but instead has received serious warning.
The committee met last week to evaluate incidents that took place in various competitions last month.
According to Fam’s outgoing general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, the Lilongwe-based Fifa referee, Ngoleka, was suspended for poor officiation during a TNM Super League encounter between Epac and MTV Max Bullets at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
During the game, the referee allowed the goal to stand despite earlier blowing for a foul to Epac.
Max Bullets took the lead through Abraham Kamwendo in the first-half.
“We want to curb bad officiation, and we are serious on this. Ngoleka was supposed to go to South Africa to officiate a t the Cosafa Youth Championship, but we have written Cosafa that he is suspended. According to the report, he made a technical blunder,” Nyirenda said.
Commenting on Ngulube’s suspension, Nyirenda said the referee did not give convincing reasons despite claiming to have suffered from a stomachache during the Carlsberg Cup final between Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
“What surprised the officials was that Ngulube went on to serve as a fourth match official. The committee expected him to excuse himself from the game after telling the officials that he was sick,” he added.
Nyirenda said Kuseli and Chimeza were punished for denying Tigers what was deemed as a clear goal as well as turning down Bullets’ strong penalty appeal.
The Fam GS said Azizi Nyirenda failed to award a clear penalty to Mafco, who eventually walked off the pitch.
He added that Azizi Nyirenda did not justify why he disallowed the clear penalty leading to a fracas that saw journalists being beaten up.
The Fam GS did not spare Maseko either.
“It is reported that when Maseko is officiating Mafco’s games, a lot of fouls accumulate and Mafco have been complaining about Maseko’s officiation, so we have issued a strong warning to him,” Suzgo Nyirenda added.
Fam also said they will act on a Chipiku Central Region Football Association Premier Division match’s incident that had teams and players beating up referees.