By Mphatso Malidadi:
TNM Super League defending champions Be Forward Wanderers have slapped veteran midfielder Joseph Kamwendo with a K50,000 fine and a four-game suspension following an incident that marred the team’s 1-1 draw against Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Kamwendo and Team Manager Steve Madeira were involved in a scuffle that forced the game to stop for several minutes before referee Mayamiko Kanjere ordered the two to leave the bench.
The incident happened when Wanderers pulled out striker Zicco Mkanda for Misheck Botomani and substituted Kamwendo for Ernest Tambe.
According to a letter dated October 28 2018, Kamwendo will also not be allowed to take part in the Nomads’ training sessions until the final week of his suspension.
“You are suspended for four games and fined K50,000 following your gross misconduct after being substituted on 27 October 2018 in the games versus Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium. This excludes the next league/ cup match which you would have missed anyway since you have accumulated two yellow cards. You are also suspended from attending training until the final week of your suspension,” reads the letter signed by the club’s general secretary Mike Butao.Advertisement
The letter also states that Wanderers executive committee has reports that Kamwendo was telling fellow players on the bench after being substituted during the 2018 Carlsberg Cup final on October 20 against Masters Security that he was too senior at the club to be substituted.
Kamwendo is also accused of threatening members of the technical panel that they would lose their jobs for substituting him.
“Yesterday [Saturday] you accused the Team Manager of being responsible for your substitution and rained insults on him in the presence of fellow players, coaches, the fourth official and stewards. The match had to be stopped for a while due to your rage on the bench.
“This is not acceptable and no player is bigger or will ever be bigger than Wanderers. Your misbehaviour has been tolerated for a while but it is destroying the fabric of the team. One of the reasons you were drafted back into the team was to mentor the young boys but you are doing the exact opposite,” part of the suspension letter reads.
In an interview, Butao confirmed the development, saying it also serves as a final warning.
“This is a recommendation from our technical panel which has been fully endorsed by both the executive and supporters committees,” he said.
Kamwendo said he was yet to be served with the suspension letter.
“I would have loved if they had summoned me for a disciplinary hearing but, anyway, the decision has been made so I cannot argue or comment further,” he said.
Kamwendo is one of Wanderers’ most experienced players having plied his trade in Zimbabwe, Denmark and South Africa.
He captained the Nomads when they won the league title last season.
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