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Malawian referees earn CAF trust

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They may not have earned respect from home but the country’s referees seem to have gained the trust of the continental football's governing body CAF.


According to Malawi referees development officer Maxwell Mtonga, the level of trust is so high such that a number of the country’s officiating personnel are on errands.


Mtonga revealed that Malawi's match officials are to officiate in the on-going CAF Under-23 qualifiers in Botswana.


“Of late, there have been a number of international assignments for the country’s referees,” he said.


“Right now, four referees have left for Botswana where they will be officiating in the CAF Under-23 qualifier between Botswana and Zambia this Friday.


“Their names are Patrick Ng’oleka, Edward Gambatuwa, Feston Kusekuse and the reserve referee is Mabvuto Msimuko who is a new referee from the Northern Region.”


The referees development officer added that the country’s men in black will also be in the thick of things during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which are scheduled to start in early June.


“CAF has also assigned Malawian referees on the forth-coming 2017 Afcon qualifiers, specifically the game between Angola and Central African Republic on the 13th of June 2015,” said Mtonga.


“The following are the referees: Duncan Lengani, Clemence Kanduku, Innocent Kaundula and Mabvuto Msimuko as the reserve referee. This, apparently, shows that Caf has trust in the Malawian referees.”


Meanwhile, Mtonga disclosed that Mabvuto Msimuko and Patrick Ng’oleka have been invited to a CAF Referees Course in Cameroon also taking place in June.

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