Football body moves to check bad officiating in matches, calls for reports


The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has acknowledged officiating lapses in the Premier League.

FAZ Referees Manager, Aziph Banda, assured that measures were being implemented to address the situation in response to complaints about poor officiating this season.

Banda emphasized the need for clubs to formally report incidents to his office instead of airing grievances through social media or the press.

He pointed out that without official complaints, it becomes challenging for FAZ to comprehensively address the issues.

“Despite dissatisfaction with officiating, many teams have not filed formal complaints with FAZ,” Banda noted.

He emphasized the importance of following established procedures for lodging complaints to ensure a fair and effective resolution.

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Banda said the controversy surrounding officiating errors had escalated, with notable incidencies such as Green Eagles being denied a clear goal in their scoreless draw against Mufulira Wanderers in Week 11.

“Nkana also faced a similar situation, being denied a goal in the Kitwe Derby as they lost 2-0 to Power Dynamos,” he observed.

Banda, however, dismissed claims by NAPSA Stars Assistant Coach, Geoffrey Hamakwende, that poor officiating had contributed to Coach dismissals.

He cautioned against using officiating as an excuse for bad results and called for fairness in evaluating team performances.

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