Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has reversed a red card given to Nyasa Big Bullets striker Hassan Kajoke during a match against Chitipa United on August 29.
Referee Zebron Lengani sent Kajoke off after he was adjudged to have deliberately fouled Chitipa United goalkeeper George Chikooka in Bullets’ 2-0 victory over the rookies.
However, the league leaders appealed against the red card, arguing that the two players collided in an aerial combat.
And a statement from Sulom says the league runners reviewed the incident and have rescinded to the referee’s decision.
Reads the statement in part: “The Super League of Malawi would like to inform its stakeholders that a red card which was given to Hassan Kajoke following a collision with goalkeeper George Chikooka on 29th August, 2021 during a TNM Super League match involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Chitipa United has been reversed.
“The decision was made after a thorough review by Sulom’s committee of professional referees’ instructors and assessors who reviewed a video clip which was sent by Bullets, who sought reversal of the card.
“The committee found that Kajoke and Chikooka were all both running for the ball and there was no intention from the Bullets player to injure his opponent. Furthermore, the committee found that the referee was not closer to the area of the incident and that he erred in giving Kajoke the red card.”
Kajoke would have missed his team’s next two matches against Mafco tomorrow and rivals Mighty Wanderers on Sunday.
But following the reversal of the red card, the striker, who has 12 goals, will now be available for selection.