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Blantyre and Districts Netball League disciplinary hearing Saturday

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Annie Hanjahanja

Three netball players who were involved in a fracas during a match between First Choice Tigresses and Imosys at Blantyre Youth Centre on Sunday will appear before a disciplinary hearing Saturday.

They risk being banned and fined following the incident that took place during the Rainbow Paints League match.

Blantyre and Districts Netball League (BDNL) has summoned the trio to the hearing for allegedly putting the sport in disrepute.

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The three are Tigresses goalkeeper Beauty Basiyao and Imosys goal-shooter Dorcas Mbendera and centre Hawa Chikoja.

The unfortunate incident has gone viral through a video clip that shows Basiyao slapping Mbendera while challenging for an aerial ball.

Mbendera retaliates in self-defence and is joined by Chikoja, who is also seen hitting Basiyao.

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BDNL General Secretary Annie Hanjahanja said the league does not condone indiscipline.

“I can’t say much now until we hear from the three. We have summoned them to appear before our disciplinary committee. From there, we will pass judgement.

“We have rules and regulations which must be followed. They will answer the charge of being involved in a fight, contrary to the league’s rules and regulations,” Hanjahanja said.

She said they expect judgement to be ready by Sunday.

“We have to protect the integrity of the league which makes a significant contribution to the national team,” Hanjahanja said.

During the match, Tigresses defeated Imosys 50-41 to catch up with leaders Kukoma Diamonds on 36 points.

However, Diamonds remain on top as Tigresses have an inferior basket difference, having played 19 games, one ahead of the leaders on the 11-team log table.

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