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Nyasa Big Bullets lodge complaint over Blantyre derby referee

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TIYA SOMBA-BANDA

TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have lodged a complaint with Super League of Malawi over elite referee Alfred Kamphatemgo’s performance during the Blantyre derby which the People’s Team won 2-1.

Bullets allege that they were denied two penalties, a goal and that Wanderers’ goal should not have stood.

“Nyasa Big Bullets FC has formally complained to the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) in regards to the manner in which the match officials assigned for the Blantyre derby between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Wanderers, played at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday 19 March 2022, handled the match,” reads a statement which the team’s chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda released Tuesday.

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“The club observes that the match officials made numerous questionable decisions in favour of the opposition. The purpose of the complaint is to see more improved officiation consistent with the laws of the game.”

In an interview, Nyirenda said they have provided video footage to Sulom to justify their case as they believe they were denied two penalties and a goal.

“To begin with, we believe Wanderers did not score because the ball did not cross the line. We also had two decent penalty appeals turned down. Our striker Babatunde Adepoju also scored a goal but it was ruled out for offside when he was not,” he said.

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Nyirenda said they hope officials will take necessary action against the referee upon reviewing the footage.

“This will also help other referees to be focused when handling the games,” he said.

Sulom President Tiya Somba-Banda acknowledged being served with the complaint but referred Times Sport to the body’s general secretary Williams Banda, who could not be reached for a comment.

National Referees Football Association General Secretary Chris Kalichero could not be reached for a comment.

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