ZFA bans JKU coach
By Mwinyi Sadallah, Zanzibar
Zanzibar Football Association, ZFA, has suspended JKU head coach Salum Bausi from the rest of the league after throwing a bucket lid into the football pitch on Monday.
Bausi overreacted to unofficially protest referee Waziri Sheha`s decision who awarded Miembeni a penalty following a foul committed by JKU player against Miembeni`s Mohamed Salum.
ZFA`s competition committee handed Bausi the harsh ban after founding him guilty of the offence during the league match that saw JKU losing by 2-1 goals.
According to ZFA`s assistant secretary Masoud Atai, Bausi has also been fined to pay 100,000/= before May 10.
In another development, ZFA has also suspended Miembeni`s Mohammed Abdallah Golo and JKU`s Abdulrahman Ali Mbimbi who staged up a fight.
The duo was up in arms as the referee blew his final whistle in a move that triggered anger from the crowd with resultant chaos that was instantly frozen by policemen.
Another JKU player Amiri Hamad has been axed from the Zanzibar Heroes team and ruled out of the league for misconduct. Hamad is alleged to have attempted to assault the referee at the end of the match.
However, Hamad’s ban has been highly protested by soccer fans in Zanzibar who think his misconduct does not match with the gravity of the committed offence.
Fans in Zanzibar have lost confidence with referees who are officiating the premier league with match fixing allegations becoming rife.
ZFA has been imposing bans and slapping fines on players and officials for misconduct since the league kicked off on February 27.
However, this is the first time for players to come up in arms before soccer fans on the stadium in a broad daylight.