Wanderers charged with attacking referee

Be Forward Wanderers

…given 72-hours to respond…

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has charged Be Forward Wanderers with misconduct and bringing the league into disrepute after their players and officials were seen charging at the referee following a 1-all draw away to Dwangwa United a fortnight ago.

According to a statement released by the body on Monday evening, the 2017 TNM Super League champions were found guilty of three charges the first one being failure to control the actions of officials, players and supporters contrary to Article 21(2), Article 21(6), Article 21(7) and Article 21(8) of Sulom Rules and Regulations.

“On 02 December, 2018 at Chitowe Stadium during a Super League game between Dwangwa United F.C and Be Forward Wanderers F.C, your officials team manager Steve Madeira and goalkeepers coach Valence Kamzere, plus players led by Bongani Kaipa and Alfred Manyozo Jnr charged upon and attempted to beat up referee Godfrey Nkhakananga after the final whistle who was protected by Police and Stewards. This led to a fracas,” reads part of the statement.

The Blantyre based side has also been charged by Sulom for failure to use the designated entry point by Officials and players contrary to Article 21(15) and Article 21(16) of the Rules and Regulations.

It has been reported that on the match day, the Nomads refused to use the designated entry point as they made their way to the field of play.

Their final charge of the day was bringing the match into disrepute contrary to Article 21(22) after the referees were forced to leave the stadium 30 minutes late under the Police escort following the actions of Wanderers officials and players before and after the match.

The document signed by Sulom’s General Secretary Williams Banda, has given Wanderers 72 hours to respond to the charges accordingly.