Refree spoils Tigers, Epac 1-1 match: Malawi TNM Super League

Controversy during a TNM Super League encounter between Azam Tigers against Epac FC on Saturday at MDC Stadium,as a referee Boniface Chapinga made three decisions on the visitors goal.

Chester running-away with the ball…Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere
Epac coach Makonyola giving instructions to his player -.Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere
Mach action -Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere.j
Mach action -Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere.
Templers flare as Tigers Team Manager Robin Alufandika-clashes with a stewart…Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere
 Spectators enjoying the game...Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere

Spectators enjoying the game…Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere
Epac players after thegame...Photo-Jeromy-Kadewer
Epac players after thegame…Photo-Jeromy-Kadewer
Dejected Tigers players...Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere.
Dejected Tigers players…Photo-Jeromy-Kadewere.

Tigers were leading through a Yamikani Chester’s long range before Epac’s equalizer in a controversal goal after there was an infringment on the goalkeeper.

The referee blew the whistle for a goal before the assistant match official waved the flag for an infringment.

Then the referee after pointing on the centre circle for a goal changed his decision by saying it was not a goal.

The decision did not go well with Epac officials, who surrounded the fourth official,as one of the officials uttered strong words,”Chitsiru cha linesman ichi chimenechi ndi chigoli.”

One of the officials on the bench was busy telling their players to walk out of the field of play.

It took 5 minutes before the referee changed the decision again by awarding the goal to Epac.

This again angered Tigers officials and players who protested the referees integrity.

Tigers Team Manager Robin Alufandika exchanged some words with the fourth official.The game was stopped for some minutes until order was restored after Tigers agreed to go ahead with the game.

After the finals whistle ,there was calm but spectators left MDC Stadium questionning the integrity of the officiating team.

Back in the field of play, Tigers had many chances than Epac but their strikers especially Bright Munthali lacked composure inside the box.

Tigers players were also holding on the ball too much instead of going upfront.

The visitors were a marvel to watch in the second half especially from substute Chiletso Zoya,formely of Tigers.

If Epac had introduced Zoya in the first half they could have found another goal because he was a thorn to Tigers defence,while as usual Yamikani Chester carried his team with some fine runs.

Epac have another tricky fixture on Sunday against Be Forward Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium.

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