Chikwawa FC have appealed against Southern Region Women Football Association (SRWFA) disciplinary committee ruling over a match-fixing case that validated Ntopwa Queens’ recent 43-0 triumph in the SRWFA League.
In an appeal letter to the National Women Football Association (NWFA) dated December 5 2018, Mwatha argues that the hearing process was not balanced as it did not give the concerned parties room to deliver their grievances.
NWFA vice-chairperson Catherine Chikandula yesterday confirmed receipt of the letter.
Reads the letter in part: “The panelists dominated the hearing, which lasted for only 20 minutes, and only the clubs’ Blantyre-based players were given a chance to speak.”
In an interview yesterday, Mwatha said they believe that a triumph has to be measured by absolute means, honest and just play.
“In the first round, we lost 0-2 to Ntopwa. So, how can we lose 0-43 in the final round? This was not normal and SRWFA could have been the first to suspect foul-play.”
In response, Chikandula said: “We have received the appeal letter, which will be presented to the NWFA disciplinary committee to scrutinise the case.”
The SRWFA disciplinary committee ruled that the result stood because there was enough evidence that Chikwawa players featured in the match, contrary to their head coach Arnold Mwatha’s argument that he did not send a team due to lack of transport.
It also stated that the coach’s request for the postponement could not be considered as it came late and to the vice-general secretary instead of the fixtures secretary.
The ruling made it official that Ntopwa are the eventual champions of the eight-team overcoming Blantyre Zero on better goal-difference after tying on 30 points.