AS the name goes for referees the men in uniform, all is not well for one of their own Patrick Ngoleka who is under fire for what many quarters say bias refereeing.
Recently Football Association of Malawi has blamed the National Referees Association (NRA) for not holding refresher courses for referees.
FAM points out that NRA is not imparting new rules of football to the men in uniform recently citing the Blantyre derby between Mighty Be-Forward and Nyasa Big Bullets last Saturday at Bingu National stadium in Lilongwe which ended in a goalless draw.
During the game, Ngoleka ruled off-side two goals from Bullets which were scored by Bright Munthali and Mike Mkwate respectively.
The NRA General Secretary, Chris Kalichero speaking to The Daily Times earlier this week, cited lack of refresher courses for the referees which he said is contributing to more anomalies in the beautiful game.
He admitted that the body had its last refresher course two-years ago though rules of football have changed. He was quick to point out their weak financial muscle as one of the main set back.
One of the country’s top referees, Duncan Lengani concurred with Kalichero that lack of funds is contributing to the ‘gap in knowledge’ of referees as they are not having refresher courses.
“Due to lack of funds, we cannot build capacity for referees”, Lengani lamented.
Nyasa Big Bullets CEO, Fleetwooh Haiya, issued a strong statement which was directed to the NRA body warning them never to assign Ngoleka in charge of any of its games.