Flames goalkeeper Simplex Nthala’s career has stalled in Mozambique after being slapped with a damaging indefinite suspension at his club Maxaquene, thereby compromising his possible national team recall.
Nthala confirmed on Sunday that he had not featured for Maxaquene for a month after being accused of attacking a referee during last month’s league game against Ferroviaro de Nacala.
“I served the red card suspension and when I thought I could resume playing, the league wrote to my club that the referee, in his report, indicated that I beat him up, hence I must wait for the league’s determination. I was eventually invited for a hearing,” Nthala explained.
As Maxaquene vice-captain, he was involved in fracas that ensued as they challenged a referee’s award of a ‘dubious’ goal in Nacala during a league match last month. He was eventually red-carded.
“I will respect whatever they will decide. I am just hoping that they will be fair. A leading newspaper here has reported that I could be banned for a year maximum, but there is nothing I can do. Such things happen in football even Luis Suarez was banned for six months. My club has indicated that they will challenge whatever decision,” Nthala added.
Maxaquene coach and a team doctor, who both served red card suspensions when missing two games, are back working, but Nthala and a defender have been subjected to the further suspensions.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali, who is monitoring players in Mozambique ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Swaziland, recalled the former Be Forward Wanderers ‘keeper last month.
Recalled due to the dip in form of McDonald Harawa and Richard Chipuwa, Nthala was
enable to honour the call-up due to logistical reasons. He has since met Mtawali and watched some local games together in Maputo.
The Mozambique Football League is this week expected to make a determination on Nthala, who before the suspension, had let in four goals in 13 games to leave Maxaquene top of the league.
In his absence in which he has missed some five games, Maxaquene have slipped to second behind new leaders, Costa do Sol.
The Flames’ liason officer, James Sangala, yesterday said he would follow up on Nthala’s ordeal.
Fam transfer matching system manager, Casper Jangale, said if a player is banned from all football related matters in a league, Fifa clarifies on whether the punishment can be extended to the national t
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