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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

TFF axe falls on referees

13th February 2012

Three referees and match commissioner have been warned, excluded and suspended from officiating the ongoing Mainland premiership as the 17th round closes down today.

The decision to exclude the referees was reached by the premier league committee members during their meeting to review reports of several matches played after resumption of the second half of the season.

The committee has slapped one year ban to Mwanza based referee Peter Mujaya who officiated the match between JKT Ruvu Stars versus holders Yanga played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

According to article number 26(a) of the premiership regulations the referee failed to convince match commissioner as a result of poor officiating leading to low number of points scored at the end of assessment.

Referee Isihaka Shirikisho who is based in Tanga has been chopped off the line up of officials for the entire season after failing to take full control of the match between Simba and JKT Oljoro.

Shirikisho declined to take any action against frustrated Simba midfielder Patrick Mafisango who attempted to protest the sending off of teammate Haruna Moshi.

Mafisango got away with the attempted push against the referee despite the conspicuous offence being committed at a broad daylight.

The third referee who tasted the bitterness of poor officiating is Kennedy Mapunda of Dar es Salaam who failed to flash a red card to Villa Squad’s player Fred Cosmas, despite of showing him the second yellow card in a match against Simba.

 While referee Ibrahim Kidiwa has been warned, his linesmen Michael Mkongwa and Kudura Omary have been chopped off from the line up of officials for the rest of the season after poor performance during a match between Yanga and Mtibwa Sugar.

Another referee Hashim Abdallah from Dar es Salaam who officiated the match between Moro United and Yanga has been warned.

Issa Malimali, assistant referee from Ruvuma has also been warned by the premier league committee for poor officiating in a match between Simba and Coastal Union.

Mohamed Nyange, former national soccer team player who was a match commissioner in a league match between holders Yanga and Mtibwa Sugar had his services suspended for the rest of the season as a result of producing substandard match report.

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