The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has suspended five top referees from officiating games due to incompetence, Malawi24 has learnt.
FIFA referees namely Dennis Ngulube and Patrick Ngoleka, Alfred Aziz Nyirenda, Andy Kuseli and Jones Chimeza have been suspended by the FA for commiting errors during matches.
Ngulube and Ngoleka have been given a five months ban each, with Nyirenda has been banned for two months.
According to the FA’ Sub-Committee, Ngulube, who was given the mandate to officiate Carlsberg Cup final between Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers but failed to continue officiating the game after reportedly complaining of stomach pains in the second half, showed no sign of being in pain as he behaved normally after the final whistle.
As for Ngoleka, he has been slapped with a such ban for awarding Epac FC a goal despite his earlier decision to award them a free kick, resulting in a massive from Max Bullets who then resolved to abandon the match with only 20 minutes played on the clock.
Mzuzu based referee Aziz Nyirenda was slapped with the two months ban for failing to award Mafco a clear penalty against Moyale Barracks, resulting into massive protest from the visitors who then walked out of the pitch with some few minutes to play in the match.
Kuseli has been banned for a month for failing denying Azam Tigers a clear goal and for failling to award Big Bullets a clear penalty when Nickson Mwase deliberately handed the ball in the additional minutes of the match.
His assistant Chimeza has been given a two month suspension for failling to assist the latter during the encounter. Meanwhile, FAM has revealed that Ngoleka, who was supposed to travel to Cosafa for the Under 20 competition, will not be part of the officiating team because of the ban