The Lilongwe and Districts Football League (LDFL) has written the Nation Referees Committee (NRC) expressing concern over biased officiation in the 2013-2014 season which ends on February 2, The Nation has learnt.
The letter, dated January 22, headline ‘Poor Officiation’ and copied to Football Association of Malawi is co-signed by the league’s chairperson Dini Josaya Banda and general secretary Bernard Chiwiriwiri Harawa.
LDFL has described the 2013-2014 season as “pathetic” and characterised by several games being abandoned due to awful officiation.
The league also accuses the men in black of boycotting games needlessly and without the knowledge and consent of their bosses.
“It is even more embarrassing to see the regional referees body becoming too weak to act against these vices once brought to its attention. And it is absolutely disheartening to see it becoming more defensive of their misdemeanours even in the face of tangible evidence. Elements of arrogance to reason on these aforesaid allegations are clearly evident,” states the letter.
The league also claims to have exhausted all channels of dialogue to iron out the mess, but things seem not to be improving.
“We have even supported them financially in their drive to recruit more referees and raise their standards of performance as well, but we are getting this in return,” says the league.
NRC general secretary Chris Kalichero confirmed receiving the letter on Saturday.
“But I cannot comment anything on the contents because it is addressed to the chairperson. I will deliver it to him and, hopefully, we will meet to discuss the contents,” said Kalichero.