National Youth Football Association (NYFA) has reduced to one-year the initial three-year ban it imposed on Ntopwa Super Boys FC and their patron, Isaac Osman.
Ntopwa were recently faulted for their behaviour during the national final of FMB Under-20 League at Mzuzu Stadium.
The Blantyre side finished as runners-up to eventual winners, Silver Strikers Youth.
NYFA punished Ntopwa for arriving late at the venue, assaulting referees and bringing the game into disrepute after shunning the prize presentation. Only Coach Enos Chatama received the runners’ up medals.
The team was banned from football and was given a K50, 000 fine, while Osman was banned for three years and fined K20, 000.
Ntopwa were also fined K35,000 for late arrival and six of their players were ordered to pay K20, 000 fine each.
Despite pleading guilty to the offences, Osman and the team appealed against the verdict, arguing they were too hefty.
In view of this, NYFA, through its disciplinary committee comprising Davis Sado, Wesley Namasala and Patrick Jim, reduced the fines for late arrival charge to K10, 000 while all the players will pay K20, 000 each.
However, the committee maintained the K20,000 fine imposed on Osman and the K50, 000 for bringing the game into disrepute.
Osman yesterday said he was satisfied with the verdict.
“We know that we did not behave well, but we asked them to be lenient having in mind that our team is one of the active youth teams that supplies players to other teams in the elite league, thereby contributing positively to the development of football in Malawi. I will pay the fines and we will do as advised,” he said
The committee further urged Football Association of Malawi to constantly hold courses for administrators to equip them with relevant knowledge on dispute resolution.
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