Nyasa Big Bullets assistant coach Peter Mponda has accused referees from Central region of playing tricks to stop the team from defending Tnm Super League Championship.
Mponda was speaking on Sunday in Kasungu as the defending champions dropped two points at Kasungu stadium following a goalless stalemate with TN Stars.
Mponda said the team has witnessed several occasions of poor officiation in the team’s central region assignments.
“Let us lodge another complaint, this is not the first central region fixture for the people’s team to complain of poor officiation. As coaches, our focus during proceedings of the game should be on our team’s or our opponent’s performance,” said Mponda.
According to the former Flames captain, the officiation team made two dubious decisions that seemed favoring the hosts.
“We saw two clear incidents that a referee is not supposed to miss. We were denied a penalty, and TN Stars was not booked after clearly seen trying to score with a hand in our box. I’m sure the referee saw these but I can say he planned not to award Bullets the penalty and the free kick,” said Mponda.
The Bullets’ second in charge said the team is not worried to have lost the much-needed points as it has been proven that referees from central region are on a campaign to punish the defending champions.
“As a member of Bullets technical panel, I’m not afraid nor worried that we have dropped points today because referees from central region are on a campaign making sure that Bullets drops points. We are sure that TN Stars is not celebrating for collecting a point from today’s game, it is rather Silver Strikers celebrating that we have dropped points,” said the Bullets assistant coach.
Peter Mponda was given a yellow card for confronting fourth official of an alleged penalty following a hand ball in the second half.
The People’s Team missed the chance to close the gap to three against leaders Silver Strikers, who now have a five-point advantage at the top with 38 points and a game in hand over Bullets’ 33 points from 17 games.
Bullets returns to Blantyre with 4 points having edged Blue Eagles at their backyard on Saturday afternoon.