…Club says enough is enough…
Be Forward Wanderers have slapped Joseph Kamwendo with a four match ban following his outburst with team manager Steve Madeira on Saturday during a TNM Super League match against Silver Strikers.
In the second half of the match, Wanderers technical panel made a double substitution of Kamwendo and Zicco Mkanda for Ernest Tambe and Misheck Botomani but this did not please the former Orlando Pirates man who accused Madeira of being responsible for the decision.
This did not go well with the team manager who, according to reports, slapped Kamwendo forcing referee Mayamiko Kanjere to give him marching orders.
Now, 24 hours after the incident, Wanderers management has decided to act by handing their influential midfielder to a ban.
According to a statement released by the club on Sunday morning and signed by General Secretary Mike Butao, Kamwendo has been told to stay away from the team’s training sessions until the final week of his suspension.
“You are suspended for 4 games and fined K50, 000 following your gross misconduct after being substituted on 27th October 2018 in the game versus Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium.
“We have had reports from the technical panel of your negative actions whenever you have been substituted, the last of which was you telling your fellow players on the bench after being substituted during the 2018 Carlsberg Cup final that you were too big to be substituted and the technical panel would lose their jobs for substituting you.
“Yesterday, you accused the team manager of being responsible for your substitution and rained insults on him in the presence of fellow players, coaches, the fourth official and stewards. The match had to be stopped for a while due to your rage on the bench,” reads part of the statement.
The former Pirates man was then reminded that no player will ever be bigger than Wanderers.
“This is not acceptable and no player is bigger or will ever be bigger than Wanderers. Your misbehavior has been tolerated for a while but it is destroying the fabric of the team. One of the reasons you were drafted back into the team was to mentor the young ones but you are doing the exact opposite,” says the statement.
The midfielder has also been told that this is his final warning and failure to comply will lead to instant dismissal.
“This is the final warning and a recurrence of any act of indiscipline from you will result in instant dismissal,” the statement reads.
This is the third time for the veteran midfielder to find himself in a similar situation.
He was recently accused of being responsible for Esau Kanyenda’s decision to resign from the club, a situation which led to his removal as the club’s captain.