The Southern Region Netball Committee (SRNC) has reduced the suspension imposed on Bingu Tigresses for boycotting finals of the Rainbow Paints Top Six Netball Series a month ago.
“The Tigresses were wrong to boycott the finals and the timing was not right. Nevertheless, confining them to indefinite suspension in all the league’s competitions was too harsh,” SRNC vice-chairperson Carol Bapu said on Thursday.
“We have, therefore, decided to abate their sentence; they will now only miss two OG Issa League games. If they are not satisfied with the ruling, they can appeal to our mother body, the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM),” she said.
The Southern Region Netball League (SRNL), organisers of the Rainbow Paints contest arranged a makeshift final between Escom Sisters and MTL Queens. The then ordered Tigresses to indefinitely stop participating in all its competitions.
Tigresses later appealed to the SRNC, which is an overseer of the SRNL.
This means only eight of Tigresses’ remaining 10 league games will be counted. They are currently on position six with 33 points from 12 games.
Titleholders Escom Sisters are the league leaders with 48 points from 16 games. MTL Queens are second with 42 points from the same number of games.
Both coach Charles Mhango and SRNL disciplinary chairperson Isaac Chimwala said they need some time to scrutinise the ruling before their respective bodies can comment on the matter.