Civil Sporting Club assistant coach Oscar Kaunda can now return to his job after Football Association of Malawi (FAM) Appeals Committee slashed his year-long ban to five months.
However, former Nchalo coach Mabvuto Lungu’s appeal against a three-year ban was rejected.
Kaunda was punished in November 2018 for bullying match officials while Lungu was found guilty of match-fixing charges.
A statement from FAM secretariat states that the disciplinary committee could not review its own verdict passed on Lungu.
“The FAM disciplinary committee met on Friday April 26 2019 to hear appeals lodged by Mr. Oscar Kaunda, Mr. Mabvuto Lungu and Be Forward Wanderers Football Club on their respective bans imposed by the Football Association of Malawi.
“The defendant (Oscar Kaunda) appealed against the FAM Competitions Committee’s decision to ban him from all football activities for a year effective November 28 2018 after being found guilty of bullying match officials. The disciplinary committee reduced the ban to five months which ended on April 27 2019,” reads in part the statement signed by FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda.
On Lungu’s case the statement says: “The defendant was banned for three years from all football activities by the FAM disciplinary committee in 2017 after being found guilty of match fixing charges. Mr. Lungu, who has served the ban for 20 months, pleaded for forgiveness from the committee. The disciplinary committee resolved that it cannot review its own decision and referred the matter to the FAM’s Appeals Committee.”
Meanwhile, a case in which Be Forward Wanderers FC appealed against the FAM Competitions Committee’s decision to ban its seven supporters for one year and one team official for three years for various charges was adjourned following a request from the Nomads.