It doesn’t rain but pours for Bingu Tigresses camp, as Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) has suspended four of their officials for their misconduct during the Presidential Cup finals in Mzuzu.
The four officials, Tigresses coach-player Peace Chawinga-Kalua, assistant coach Charles Mhango, team manageress Judith Chalusa and Hellen Mpinganjira following their actions that delayed the start of the Presidential Cup final for over an hour in front of dignitaries a fortnight ago.
The four officials delayed the kick off protesting Escom Sister’s move after including Australia based Malawi Queens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda because of lack of clearance. Escom won the cup.
The three Tigresses officials invaded the court to delay the start of the game protesting the inclusion Kumwenda in the Escom Sisters squad.
According to an inside source from Nam, who confided with Nyasa Times, the trio of Chawinga, Chalusa and Mhango will not be allowed to take part in the sport for a period of time (not specifically mentioned).
Chawinga is also assistant coach for Malawi Queens national side.
For Mpinganjira, who is also Nam’s general secretary aka Tigresses top official has been imposed a three months ban.
“In the meeting which was organised by Nam, it was agreed that the four officials misbehaved by delaying the final game for any hour in the presence of high profile personalities,” said the source.
Nam’s president, Rose Chinunda, who confirmed the news declined to shed more light, but said the four would be allowed to appeal within seven days after the verdict.
However, Tigresses assistant coach, Charles Mhango told The Daily Times that they would wait for official verdict before seeking legal redress.
“We have heard about the suspension but we are yet to be served with official letters. Once we receive the letters we will pick it from there, “he told the paper.
In a related development, Nam is also yet to conclude another case involving Chawinga, who is being alleged of beating up Blue Eagles Sisters defender Khumbidze Chazemba during a semi-final encounter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :