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Ntopwa Boys charged

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National Youth Football Association (NYFA) has charged runners-up of the FMB Under 20 National League, Ntopwa Boys, on five counts after the team refused to receive medals at the tournament’s national finals in Mzuzu on November 26.

Ntopwa Boys officials and players were also reported to have manhandled the referee who officiated the match after he denied them an equaliser as they were trailing 1-0.

NYFA General Secretary, Thoko Chimbali, said the team has been given 48 hours to respond to the charges.

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The charges are late arrival at the venue of the match, misconduct, assault of match officials, misbehaviour and bringing the game into disrepute.

“We have charged the team because what the players and officials did is against the rules and regulations of the competition. What they did is uncalled for and has no place in the game of football,” Chimbali said.

Meanwhile, NYFA has apologised to the sponsor for Ntopwa’s behaviour.

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In a letter addressed to First Merchant Bank Head of Marketing, signed by Chimbali, NYFA accepts responsibility for what happened and pledges appropriate action over the perpetrators of the unfortunate incidents.

“Please be assured that as NYFA we are taking all necessary steps to make sure that this type of behaviour will never happen again.

We will ensure that all the teams participating in the league are disciplined at all times and are adhering to the set rules and regulations at every level of the competition,” reads part of the letter.

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