Malawi refs to officiate Swaziland, Lesotho U-20 Caf game

Malawian FiFA referees Duncan Lengani, Innnocent Kaundula, Hendrix Maseko  and Jones Makhuwira have been appointed to officiate the second leg of the Caf Youth Under-20 championship for Swaziland against Lesotho.

Swazi Observer reported that the Lengani willl be in charge with Innocent Kaundula as first assistant, Maseko second assistant while Makhuwira will be the fourth official for the game to be held in the second week of May in Swaziland at Somhlolo Stadium.

The first leg scheduled for the weekend of April 27-29 will he handled by Tanzanian referees led by referee Alfred Rwiza.

Nyirenda: Good for Malawi
Nyirenda: Good for Malawi

Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda applauded Caf for offering Malawian referees a chance to officiate such international tournaments.

“Caf and Fifa have always given our referees assignments which shows that they are confident of Malawian referees,” Nyirenda said.

“This is also good for them because it will give them international exposure in readiness for the TNM Super League.”

But the SG condemned local football fans and officials who always blame referees whenever they lose.

“It’s high time that these foootball fans and officials should learn to take results especially negative ones positively,” he said.

Malawi Under-20 regrouped on Monday in preparations for Botswana in the same competition.

FAM Technical Director John Kaputa said on Tuesday at Kamuzu Stadium during the morning training session that they were assessing the 39 players called up for camping.

He said the team, which is under the tutelege of former Flames legend Ernest Mtawali, would get down to business after Wednesday morning training session.

“We are still assessing them and by tomorrow after noon we will be able to come up with a squad of 25 players to begin serious training for the Botswana,” Kaputa said.

The game is scheduled for April 5 in Malawi and the return leg will be played two weeks later.

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