Referees have declared that they will not officiate Masters Security Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League second round games unless they are paid officiation dues amounting to about K3 million.
Southern Region Referees Committee (SRRC) vice-general secretary Andy Kuseli confirmed the development yesterday, saying their patience had worn thin.
“We have not been paid since the first round started, but out of our love for the game and in the spirit of sportsmanship, we were able to understand the league’s challenge.
“But our members now feel enough is enough and it has been resolved that unless the dues are paid then we will not officiate the second round games,” he said.
But while acknowledging their failure to pay the referees’ dues, SRFA treasurer Christopher Kuyera yesterday downplayed the issue, saying it is being looked into.
“The hiccup has come about because we are yet to get part of the K10.5 million sponsorship from our sponsors, but everything will be in order by next week.
“We have an assurance from our sponsors that they will sort us out very soon. So, the referees should not worry because the issue is being taken care of.
“We have a sponsor who is committed towards the development of the game and we know they cannot let us down. So, all I can ask for from the referees is patience,” he said.
Masters Security managing director Alfred Gangata could not be reached for comment yesterday.
The SRFA League second round which was supposed to kick off this weekend, has been postponed to next week because of the referees’ stance. n