Wanderers lodge a complaint to Sulom against officiating team for Blantyre Derby


Mighty Mukuru Wanderers Football Club have launched a complaint to the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) against some of the officiating personels for the 2022 Super League Blantyre Derby.

It has noted that the team officiating this Saturday’s fiercely contested Derby contains some of the referees that officiated the 2021 Blantyre Derby that was marred by violence due to poor officiation.

The game ended in a one-all draw but Bullets came from behind to force a draw and they scored from the penalty spot after the referee awarded them, a decision that Wanderers’ family protested.

Part of the letter signed by the Club’s commercialisation director, Clement Stambuli reads, “We refer our complaint to date 3rd May, 2021. We would like to remind the Super League of Malawi that our Blantyre Derby match against Nyasa Big Bullets ended with some violent activities due to biased and substandard officiating personnel.

“It is our hope that any people responsible for that game will not be deployed in this weekend’s match against our rivals and all our future games. We still feel injured with failure of Sulom to revert to us with remedial actions taken.”

To be specific, Mighty Wanderers have asked the Super League of Malawi to remove Centre Referee Gift Chiko and Assistant Referee Bernadeta Kwimbira from the officiating team.

“To remove doubt, we do not want Referee Gift Chiko and Assistant Referee Bernadeta Kwimbira to be part of thus coming match and all our future games. The beauty of football thrives on fair play and let fair play win all the time,” adds the letter.

The Super League of Malawi are yet to have their say on the complaint lodged by the Lali Luban based team.

Nyasa Big Bullets are unbeaten in all competitions this season while Nomads have already tasted the defeat thrice and they are being separated by 16 points from each other.

The Reigning champions are the League Leaders with 48 points while Mighty Wanderers who are in trophy drought occupy third place with 32 points.

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