Four Malawian referees left the country yesterday for Comoros to officiate the Group D African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier between the hosts and Botswana on Saturday.
According to National Football Referees Association (NFRA) general secretary Chris Kalichero, the Confederation of African Football Association (CAF) has entrusted a set of Malawian referees Duncan Lengani, Clemence Kanduku, Innocent Kaundula and Patrick Ngoleka with responsibility to handle the first-leg of the qualifier.
“Lengani will be the centre referee while Kanduku, Kaundula and Ngoleka will be first assistant referee, second assistant referee and fourth official respectively,”
He said as a normal practice, the host country is expected to foot the referees’ expenses including air tickets, accommodation and allowances.
Lengani said they will do their best to make the country proud to create more opportunities for other Malawian referees to officiate high-profile international matches.
“The ball is in our hands not to tarnish the good image of Malawi referees and we will handle this game professionally so as to enhance the continental football governing body’s confidence in Malawian referees,” he said. n