By Antony Isaiah Jr:…….
While Chitipa United are happy for earning a Super League status after beating Mayamiko Stars 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, the losing team [Mayamiko Stars] have penned the Northern Region Football Association General Secretary, Masiya Nyasulu over the poor officiation of the referees.
𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐃? Going into the game, Chitipa United needed a victory to buy-back their Super League status after being relegated years ago. Five teams, Baka City, Mighty Rumphi Wanderers, Kadona FC, Mzimba United Chitipa United had chances of qualifying for elite league.
Chitipa United were leading the table with 22 points while Baka City, Mighty Rumphi Wanderers, Kadona FC and Mzimba United had 21, 21, 20, 20 respectively.
Kadona FC were facing Ekwendeni United while Rumphi were at home against Mayamiko Stars.
In the field of play, Mayamiko Stars were the first team to hit the back of the net after Chitipa United defender tried to play a back-pass to his goalkeeper in the 25th minute.
The hosts fought back and they levelled the scores through Bright Masebo as he capitalised on the poor communication between the defence for Mayamiko Stars and their goalkeeper.
It was a game with full of tension and tempers and Mayamiko Stars’ general Secretary was shown a straight red card after having bad mouthing with the referee.
The referee later awarded Chitipa United with a penalty and Bright Masebo calmly nodded home from the spot to give the host the much-needed win.
The win took Chitipa United to 25 points beyond the reach of their fellow contenders.
𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐖𝐀𝐒 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐃? In a letter that Wa Mpira has seen, signed by the General Secretary of the Mayamiko Stars, Wyck Njolomole said they penalty was dubiou and the game ended prematurely.
“The referee gave Chitipa United a dubiou penalty in the second half of which we let them play under protest and as that was not enough we were denied a lot of fouls including a build to the penalty incident.
“We hereby lodge a complaint against the match officials who handled the said game and we would also like to request a thorough report on why he was so incompetent during the match and he ended the match prematurely at 67 minutes instead of 90,” reads part of the letter.
This is not for the first time for teams in Northen Region Football League complain about Chitipa United conduct this season, Wa Mpira can reveal.
Some teams accused Chitipa United of using money to return to the Super League as they were buying games.