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Tam suspends coach

PUNISHED—Masinga

Taekwondo Association of Malawi (Tam) has slapped its national coach Lovemore Masinga with a two year ban for abusing office and misusing funds.

Masinga was suspended on March 24 this year after reports emerged he was abusing the office for personal gains as well as diverting equipment from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

Tam acting general secretary, Medson Ntila, said it was an internal matter which was sorted.

“We already dealt with this issue. Lovemore [Masinga] was suspended after he was found guilty of operating an association email without authorisation, forging president’s signature when writing emails, offering Kukkwon Dan certificate on behalf of Taekwondo Association of Malawi across southern Africa without notifying the president and national executive board,” he said.

Ntila also said Masinga did not remit commission to the association after grading some athletes as required.

Ntila said Masinga’s suspension can be reduced by observing good code of conduct.

Following Masinga’s suspension, Andrew Soole was named coach for the senior team whereas Taepeni Kamanga is the coach for junior side.

“Of course they [Kamanga and Soole] are working under the supervision of Kim Sam Joung,” he said.

Masinga said he was a victim of circumstances.

“To begin with, I am taking this issue to Malawi National Council of Sports because I feel I was not properly heard. I think some guys in the committee are working to sabotage my efforts. So don’t publish this issue until I appeal to Sports Council,” he said.

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