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Nyasa Big Bullets have written Super League of Malawi (Sulom), asking that Fifa referee Patrick Ngoleka should never officiate the People’s Team’s matches again.

The letter follows a disallowed goal scored by Chiukepo Msowoya during the Blantyre derby between Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday.

The Blantyre derby ended in a goal less draw.

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In a letter signed by the club’s board of directors, Bullets claim that Ngoleka and his assistants Innocent Kaundula and Hendrix Maseko disallowed a clear goal by Msowoya in the second-half.

The letter also claims that the referee flashed incorrectly a yellow card to Bullets midfielder Chimango Kayira.

“We strongly regret the continued appointment of Mr Ngoleka to officiate our games despite our complaints and request presented to Sulom before that he should no longer be appointed to officiate our games.

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“Most often when Mr Ngoleka is officiating our games, he shows bias against Bullets and this provokes and infuriates our supporters.(Refer to communiqué sent to your office on 27th July 2017 of which you acknowledged receipt and indicated that you will forward the complaint to attention of National Referees Association [NRA],” the letter states.

According to domestic football regulations, regional referees’ committees appoint referees for a particular match and not Sulom. Fifa regulations do not grant clubs the licence to pick and choose referees.

Bullets also want to be awarded the disallowed goal by Msowoya, contrary to the Laws of the Games. A referee cannot reverse a decision on a goal.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, reserved his comment on the matter, saying he is yet to receive the letter from Bullets.

NRA General Secretary, Chris Kalichero, said calls against Ngoleka’s involvement in Bullets’ games were unfortunate.

“Mr. Ngoleka is a reliable referee certified by Fifa, and it would be unfortunate asking that he should stop officiating matches [for Bullets].

“I have just heard that things went wrong at Bingu National Stadium but I need more details before I make further comments,” Kalichero said.

The Lilongwe-based Ngoleka officiated a recent Confederation of African Football match between Zambia’s Zanaco FC and Gambia Armed Forces FC.

In 2016, Football Association of Malawi suspended Ngoleka for poor officiation during a TNM Super League encounter between Epac and MTV Max Bullets at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

During the game, Ngoleka allowed the goal to stand despite earlier blowing for a foul to Epac.

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