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RED Lions Assistant Coach, Prichard Mwansa, has said referee Chidziwitso Simbi robbed them of victory when he awarded eventual 2-1 winners, Nyasa Big Bullets,   second half penalty in the Carlsberg Cup semi-final at BinguNational Stadium on Sunday.

Soon after recess, Simbi awarded Bullets a penalty which Nelson Kangunje converted to level the scores after Loti Chawinga’s opener. Chiukepo Msowoya grabbed Bullets’ eventual winner.

Chawinga was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box. But in a postmatch interview, Mwansa said even if they write to Football Association of Malawi (Fam), nothing would change.

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“I am very certain that it was never a handball. Take your television cameras and show me. There is no reason why we should write a letter because nothing can change.

I have played football for 15 years but I have never heard of a team being successful in their protest,” Mwansa said.

In football, a referee’s decision is final. Fam Competitions Manager, Gomegzani Zakazaka, was reluctant to comment on Mwansa’s remarks.

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Zakazaka admitted that the final involving Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers would be a challenge to organise within two weeks.

Bullets and Wanderers will meet in the Carlsberg Cup final for the second time in three years. The last time the two sides met was in 2015 when Wanderers won 2-1 at Civo Stadium.

Wanderers are the defending champions having won it in 2015and 2016.

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