MWEMBE KAONA, Lusaka
MUNALI Suns coach Martin ‘Sekuru’ Muchena cried foul after a Week Seven fixture against Napsa Hurricanes was abandoned and points awarded by forfeit to their opponents and has called for impartial officiating.
With two minutes to full time, Suns were trailing 83-80 but in the heat of the tensely contested match, Suns’ Richard Vembo Sakala was given a technical foul for stepping on Sizimunthela Kuntepa’s hand.
Infuriated by the referees’ decision, Muchena ordered his troops of the court causing the game to be abandoned.
According to article 20, a team shall lose the game by forfeit if its actions prevent the game from being played and the consequential penalty prescribed by FIBA is that the game is awarded to the opponents and the score shall be 20 to 0 and furthermore, the forfeiting team shall receive zero points in the classification.
In an interview, Muchena charged that referees applied the rules inconsistently with each one having their own interpretation.
He said his team had video evidence to back his claims and challenged anyone to visit the teams’ social media page where video recordings of their matches were posted.
Suns will this weekend play league leaders Green Buffaloes, who had another successful weekend after beating Heroes Play United 97 -50.
Meanwhile, Matero Magic salvaged some pride with an overtime win over a resilient Hawks which ended 88 – 80 on Sunday evening.
In other matches, Nishati Denvers continued swimming in troubled waters losing 79-65 to Lusaka City Council Looters while University of Zambia Pacers made short work of Intrepid Bulls via a 84- 43 score line.
At Copperbelt University courts in Kitwe, Lunga Bullets maintained their supremacy in the men’s Copperbelt Basketball Association league with a narrow 60-56 triumph over Ndola Takers.
YMCA Stingers clipped Luanshya Eagles 66 -54 while Kamfinsa Cardinals earned free points over no show KCC Spurs.
In the MBA feminine league, Green Buffaloes continued with their winning ways thrashing Nishati Shells 66 -16 while UNZA Honeys kept chase by winning 60-55 against Matero Magic Sparks.
Napsa Breeze had a windy time blowing Lusaka Hotspurs 55-35 to remain fourth on the seven-team table but Spurs have a chance to redeem themselves when the sides clash in the second fixture this weekend.