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Dennis Ngulube faces life ban, Blantyre giants on referees’ neck

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FACING EXPULSION—Ngulube

Former Fifa referee Dennis Ngulube faces a life-ban, having been found guilty of offences including driving fellow referees while drunk.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Referees Development Officer Maxwell Mtonga said they were yet to serve Ngulube with the letter of the latest punishment which bars him from officiating games.

“His letter is on my desk. A final decision has been made. We considered several issues before arriving at this decision. Firstly, he put the life of his colleagues at risk by driving them while drunk and he is also the same referee who faked sickness during a top game in Blantyre some years ago. He had to be replaced so we think it is time for him to go,” he said.

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Ngulube said he was unaware that he had been banned for life.

“I am hearing it from you and I am also wondering about which offence did I commit that justifies this punishment. I will be seeking guidance from other bodies on the matter. I do not remember any clauses in the constitution where a referee can be fired from the sport for doing what they think I did,” he said.

Ngulube was among five top referees that were punished for various offences in 2016.

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He was slapped with five months suspension each for various offences.

Ngulube was suspended for failing to give convincing reasons despite claiming to have suffered from a stomachache during the Carlsberg Cup final between Be Forward Wanderers and Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Surprisingly, Ngulube went on to serve as a fourth match official when he was expected to excuse himself from the game after telling the officials that he was sick.

Meanwhile, both Blantyre giants Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets have accused Fifa referees Gift Chicco and Bernadette Kwimbira for below par performance during last week’s Blantyre derby at Kamuzu Stadium.

The game ended prematurely in the 80th minute when alleged Wanderers supporters pelted objects on the pitch disrupting the flow of the game before being tear-gassed.

According to a report, which Wanderers submitted to the Super League of Malawi (Sulom), the pair is accused of disallowing the Nomads a goal and questionable officiation.

“The referee also disallowed Wanderers goal after assistant referee Bernadette Kwimbira advised him to do so for reasons best known to herself. We believe it was nothing to do with football. Her conduct was disgraceful and unprofessional,” Wanderers report reads.

Wanderers have also accused Chicco of not stopping play while cautioning their players.

Bullets have not spared the referees either, arguing that the referees failed to stamp their authority as they were also denied a penalty.

The Peoples Team believe that another Wanderers player, besides left-back Ted Sumani, should have been sent off.

Meanwhile, some two retired referees have faulted Chicco for flouting Law 12, article five, of the referees handbook, arguing that the referee was supposed to stop play before cautioning Wanderers players.

Meanwhile, Sulom Legal Adviser Innocent Kadammanja has said the disciplinary committee will meet on Friday to determine the issue.

“The disciplinary committee failed to meet over the weekend because of some protocol issues but we are surely meeting on May 14 to finalise the matter,” he said.

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