Jomo Osman, six Ntopwa players banned and fine

Ntopwa Super Boys owner Isaac Jomo Osman and six of his players have been banned and fined by the National Youth Football Committee (NYFC) following violent incidents that occured and marred the 2016 FMB Under 20 League finals played at Mzuzu Stadium over two weeks ago.

Jomo Osman: Banned

Jomo Osman: Banned

According to a letter dated 6th December, 2016 signed by National Youth Football Committee General Secretary Thoki Chimbali, the team was charged with several offences ranging from assaulting of the referee, late arrival at the stadium, shunning the medal presentation ceremony and bringing the game of football into disrepute.

Osman was found guilty for perpetrating violence, insulting NYFC officials, officiating team and sponsors among other people whichunsporting and against the laws of the game.

He has however been banned from taking part in any football related activity for three years.

The six players that have been banned are Kondwani Saizi, Andrew Gusto, Mphatso Magaleta, Madalitso Sambo, Dalitso Adam and Mark Lameck.

They were found guilty of manhandling referee and have been banned for one year each.

Ntopwa players and Osman allegedly went riot late in the second half when they were a goal down and attacked referee of the day accusing him of denying them what they believe could have been a genuine penalty.

They protested and forced the game into abandonment only to be resumed minutes later after thorough consultations between sponsors, officials from National Youth FootballAassociation, team officials and referees.

Silver Reserve won the match 1-0 to be crowned 2016 FMB Under 20 League Champions.

Chimbali has confirmed the banning and said other offences like late arrival and assault have attracted as fines of K35,000 and K50,000 respectively.

Ntopwa Super Boys have been given 48 hours to appeal with an appeal fee of K50,000.00 failing which, NYFC will conclude that they have adhered to the verdict.

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