Fam blame loss on ref

Football Association of Malawi(Fam) has blamed Malawi’s 2-0 loss to Nigeria in World Cup qualifier on Madagascar Referee, Hamada Nampiandraza.
Fam general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda accused referee for giving Nigeria a soft penalty and later showing Malawi defender Limbikani Mzava a fake red card.
“I don’t think that was a true penalty. That Nigerian player went down too easily without any contact. That was a very bad of the referee. That second goal really defeated us.
“And I don’t think that offence called for a second yellow card for Mzava. That’s was unfair as well.”
Coach Tom Saintfiet also joined the GS castigating the 29 year old referee.
“I have to see it again but I am 90 percent sure that it’s not a penalty and most of the people in the stadium agreed with me that it is a very soft penalty.
“I don’t think it was a penalty and I think the Nigerian player (Oduamadi) dived and my defender did not touch him,” Saintfiet said to supersport.com after the game.
Saintfiet however felt the referee got it right when he showed Mzava a second yellow.
“For the penalty, I would have given a red card also. I think it was a tackle where any referee would issue a second yellow card.
“I spoke to my player (after the incident). He said he touched the ball first so if that’s correct, it’s not a yellow card.
“However, if I was the referee, I would have also given a red card,” he said.
On his team’s performance Saintfiet said he was impressed although team lost.
“I think we played a very good first half according to plan. The Flames played good organised (football). We created some chances on the counter-attack but Nigeria had more possession.
“My goalkeeper did not have a save to make inside the first 45 minutes and we only conceded 30 seconds into injury time and that was because my left winger made a mistake by failing to overlap,” he said.
“The second half, it was very difficult for us. It was difficult for us to come back because we played against a very strong Super Eagles side who grew in confidence after leading 1-0.”

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