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Joseph Kamwendo cautioned over outbursts

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By Mphatso Malidadi & Ronald Mpaso:

Be Forward Wanderers have reportedly cautioned their Team Manager, Steve Madeira, for overreacting when he was confronted by seasoned midfielder Joseph Kamwendo following a scuffle that marred the team’s game against Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.

The warning follows Kamwendo’s four-game suspension and K50,000 fine for his conduct during the TNM Super League second-round game that ended one-all.

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Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, while confirming the development, said there was need to deal with the issue holistically.

“I should say that we are still discussing [the issue] but, of course, we have given him a mere verbal warning because he was not supposed to react.

“He moved from his place and followed Joseph while the game was in progress, so we don’t condone that. Of course, he [Madeira] over-reacted,” he said.

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Mkandawire insisted that the warning, though verbal, was official.

“A verbal warning can also be official; so, I should not say that the issue has been buried because we want to handle the whole issue holistically,” he Madeira declined to comment on the issue Tuesday.

“My time will come and I will talk. Let Kamwendo say whatever he wants to. But players who were on the bench and fellow members of the technical panel heard what he said and did to me. I believe in making friends and not enemies,” he said.

Kamwendo has since accused the Executive Committee of punishing him without summoning him for a disciplinary hearing.

The incident happened when Kamwendo, alongside goal-scorer Zicco Mkanda, were substituted for Ernest Tambe and Mischeck Botomani, respectively.

Kamwendo reportedly accused Madeira of influencing his substitution so as to water down calls for his Flames’ recall.

“I directed my anger towards Madeira because he influenced the coaches to pull me out. He is trying to become too powerful at Wanderers. He wants everyone to go by what he wants. He is even conniving with national team officials to finish me off. Madeira wants me out of football,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wanderers Team Manager, Mike Butao, has since warned Kamwendo about the consequences of his continued outbursts in the media, saying he risks more punishment.

“The noise he is making has consequences [as stipulated] in our code of conduct. He should not feel aggrieved if further punishment follows. Let him just appeal if he feels aggrieved,” Butao said.

He said Kamwendo’s punishment should not be treated as special because all players at the Lali Lubani Road signed a code of conduct which clearly states offences and their corresponding punishments.

Butao said Wanderers is a big institution which does not believe that any member of the team is indispensable.

Asked if there would be any form of sanctions on Madeira for his role in the scuffle, Butao said: “He should be punished for what? For being insulted? No. He appears innocent to us until proven otherwise.”

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