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Civil deputy coach wins appeal against ban

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By Williams Gondwa:

Civil Sporting Club assistant Coach, Oscar Kaunda, is free to resume work after Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Disciplinary Committee reduced the span of his ban from 11 to five months, which he already served.

Kaunda appealed successfully against the ban which Fam Competitions Committee imposed on him, effective November 28 2018, after he was found guilty of bullying match officials last season.

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Kaunda Wednesday said he was grateful to Fam, Civil Executive and Supporters committees for playing a role in his successful appeal.

“I am very grateful to Fam for listening to my plea for forgiveness. It was the first time that this happened to me, having played in the Super League for 16 years before venturing into coaching 10 years ago,” he said.

A statement from Fam General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, issued Wednesday, confirms that the Disciplinary Committee reduced, to five months, the ban which ended on April 27 2019.

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Gunda says the committee met on Friday to hear appeals from Kaunda, former Nchalo United coach Mabvuto Lungu and Be Forward Wanderers on their respective bans.

“Lungu, who has served the ban for 20 months, pleaded for forgiveness from the committee. The Disciplinary Committee resolved that it cannot review its own decision and referred the matter to Fam’s Appeals Committee,” the statement adds.

Lungu, who was then coaching TNM Super League relegated side Nchalo, was involved in Fisd Challenge Cup match-fixing scandal when his side was playing against Chitipa United in Mzuzu in 2017.

Meanwhile, Fam Disciplinary Committee has adjourned the hearing of Wanderers over the competitions committee’s decision to ban its seven supporters for one year and a team official for three years for various charges.

Fam adjourned the hearing on the request of Wanderers because their legal representative was not available.

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