Epac FC, alias Njenjete will have to do without first choice goalkeeper Tione Tembo against title contenders Nyasa Big Bullets, when the two teams come face to face at the Civo Stadium this coming Sunday following the red card he received during the team’s 0-1 defeat at the hands of Red Lions at Civo Stadium on Sunday(December 4, 2016).
Tembo had a five-star display during the match, denying the visiting Lions some clear scoring opportunities but spoiled the show towards the end with an unsporting behaviour that earned him the red card from female referee Agness Cham’maere.
Seconds after Red Lions had scored though Steve Ziba, the Epac goalkeeper charged at Red Lions player Mathews Simbeye, who was trying to collect the ball from the net and pushed the opponent before hitting him with the ball.
Cham’maere had no other option but to give Tembo marching orders but the goalkeeper remained adamant and charged towards the lady referee- thanks to the intervention by his team-mates, who restrained him from attacking the referee.
Epac assistant coach George Zulu was not amused with the behaviour of his goalkeeper, saying his conduct had put the side in an awkward position ahead of the forth-coming fixture against Bullets.
“We are now remaining with only one goalkeeper (Massa Ngozo) because the other reserve goalkeeper we had left sometime back due to sickness,” said Zulu.
Apart from giving the technical panel a headache ahead of Sunday’s game, Tembo’s behaviour left the team in disarray against the visiting Lions as Chiutsi and his technical staff had already exhausted their three substitutions when the goalkeeper was red-carded.
As a result, right back Alick Jana stood in between the posts in the last 15 minutes of the game, which saw Red Lions clinging to their 1-0 lead.
With the win, Lions have climbed from position 10 to eight with 29 points from 28 games while Njenjete remain stuck on position 11 with 34 points from 27 games.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :