Kabwafu FC coach Oscar Kaunda has described Lilongwe referees as ‘Mbuzi zama referees’ (goats) following his team’s 3-0 loss against Epac FC on Tuesday, Chilembwe Day at Silver Stadium in the capital city.
The relegated outfit from Mzimba fell to three second half strikes by Epac, the first one from a controversial penalty awarded by Lilongwe based referee Duncan Lengani after a soft tackle by a Kabwafu defender on Wisdom Mtika in the box.
Ishmael Thindwa converted the spot kick before Wonderful Tumeo headed in the second after a corner kick. Thindwa hammered the last nail on Kabwafu’s coffin in injury time after receiving a pass from substitute Mussa Manyenje.
Speaking after the whistle, Kaunda challenged his team cannot lose to Epac if the game is handled by referees from outside Lilongwe.
“It was a good game but ‘mbuzi zama referee’ (goats) from Lilongwe have spoiled the game. They gave Epac a dubious penalty and always blew against our team. We cannot lose to Epac if the game is handled by referees from outside Lilongwe,” challenged Kaunda, whose side also went down 3-2 and 3-1 to Azam Tigers and Red Lions on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Epac’s Abas Makawa admitted his side did not play well but said he was happy they had scored three goals and collected full points.
Lengani was assisted by Jossam Nkhoma as his first assistant and Roy Williams as second assistant. The officiating crew was on a number of occasions booed by the small crowd for blowing against the visitors.
Kaunda however urged all Kabwafu supporters to continue supporting the team until they wrap up the season.
“We are relegated but we let the people continue rallying behind us. We have seen teams going out of Super League and come back. We will try to do the same,” he said.
Kabwafu face defending champions and 2012-13 favourites Silver Strikers at the Mzuzu Stadium on Sunday.
They will play their last Super League game in February.
Despite being massacred by Epac on Tuesday, Dan Mughogho was voted as man of the match.—(Additional reporting by Elijah Phimbi, Nyasa Times)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :