Five Malawi refs chopped off on FIFA referees list

Five Malawian referees, among them Raphael Anthony, Jones Makuwila and Linda Chikuni can no longer handle domestic high profile and international matches as world football government body FIFA has chopped them off on Malawi’s 15-member quota for 2015 international referees and assistants.

Some of the  refrees in Malawi_Photo By Jeromy Kadewere
Some of the refrees in Malawi_Photo By Jeromy Kadewere

They have been replaced by others after failing the FIFA Fitness Test, meaning they cannot officiate any international match.

Anthony has been replaced by northern region based Mabvuto Msimuko while Makuwila has lost the plot to Patrick Ngoleka from Central Region.

Men’s assistant list has also seen Kelvin Ngolanga, who is reportedly pre-occupied, replaced by Jonizio Luwizi with Edward Kambatuwa stepping in for Victor Nkhata, who failed the fitness test. FIFA has however maintained Clement Kanduku, Innocent Kaundula and Feston Kusekuse as assistant.

Women referees’ quota has also seen Linda Chikuni being replaced by Mercy Mziya. Grace Msisya, who handles TNM Super League matches, has survived the chop.

In women assistant category, Chikondi Mpindo has been replaced by Charity Ndovi, who has joined Happiness Mbandambanda and Bernadertar Kwimbira.

But Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and National Referees Committee (NRC) Referees expressed ignorance claiming they are yet to receive FIFA’s official list.

However, FAM Referees Development Officer Maxwell Mtonga said FIFA has the mandate to make changes based on variables such as age and performance.

“Nothing has changed really on the size of the quota apart from the change in personnel. However the list is unofficial.

“The excluded referees can likely be considered in 2016 if they can impress on these aspects,” said Mtonga.

With Anthony’s exclusion, the southern region has been left with one FIFA rated referee, Denis Ngulube, who has survived alongside Duncan Lengani from central region.

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7 years ago

I hope this Kambatuwa guy is our own Salima Kambatuwa. If it’s him then congrats and he deserves it coz amatha kwabasi

7 years ago

Kumwa kwambiri masacheti, sangathe kuthamanga.

Dada K
Dada K
7 years ago

Msimuko deserves koma has to maintain his credibility osati mnzake Azizi Nyirenda.

7 years ago

Alimbikire poti akuti akhonza kudzawaganiziranso.

Myangwe Joe
7 years ago

You can not continue to keep them if they are misfits!

7 years ago

Shaaaaa…they cant even run…..look at their mosquito-like legs!

Harris Batson
7 years ago

Akuluakulu mukuonapo bwanji ma referees athu akudulidwa pandanda wa FIFA ine zandivuta kunenapo

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