Serious questions about men in black


We may all agree that football is a good sport but sometimes it is spoiled by poor officiation like what Fifa Grade One referee Patrick Ngoleka did during last week’s Super League game between Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.

Bullets were the victims of poor officiation after Ngoleka did the unthinkable, denying them a clear goal in their game against their sworn rivals at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Ngoleka had adjudged that the goal was scored from an offside position. Unfortunately, football is a cruel sport as a referee’s decision is final no matter how bad it is.


But a closer look at television replays shows that Bullets were denied a clear goal and they are justified to vent their anger on Ngoleka.

Even when Bullets protested vehemently against the decision it did not change anything. The result stood at a 0-0 draw at the end of regulation time.

This is one of the numerous wayward decisions by the men in black which have blighted our league in the fourth week of the Super League season.


National Referees Association (NRA) General Secretary, Chris Kalichero, thinks that referees need refresher courses for them to perform better.

He faulted Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for failing to organise refresher courses for the referees.

It is indeed a fact that football referees need refresher courses because the game is dynamic. It is unheard of that Fam last organised refresher courses for referees in 2016.

Referees need these refresher courses at the beginning of each season to prepare them for the challenges of their job.

However, NRA is also to blame. Why is NRA raising this issue now when the referees have already started messing up games?

Why did they not press the alarm before the season kicked off?

I suspect Kalichero is playing politics by simply trying to ease the tension which has been building between the referee and Bullets’ family.

The referees should not have accepted to officiate Super League games this season before attending a refresher course.

But even if they attend such courses, we do not see much improvement in as far as officiation is concerned.

There is need for the referees to have a level of responsibility because their decisions cost teams a fortune.

This is why I support those calling for disciplinary action on the referees who mess up games.

They must appreciate that football is supposed to be a unique way of providing us with entertainment.

There are serious questions to be asked about these men in black.

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