According to CAF, the referees of the second leg match of the CAF Champions League have been changed due to technical reasons.
The continent’s soccer governing body said it has decided to replace referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia), assistant referees, Temesgin Samuel Atango (Ethiopia) and Gilbert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (Kenya), and fourth official Peter Waweru (Kenya) of the said match with new officials.
They are referee Janny Sikazwe (Zambia), new assistant referees, Berhe Tesfagiorgis O’Michael (Eritrea) and Romeo Kasengele (Zambia), and fourth official Audrick Nkole (Zambia).
Simba have already complained to CAF through the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) about the changes.
In a letter signed by Chief Executive Officer of Simba SC, Crescentius Magori, the Msimbazi Street side are humbly requesting TFF to timely intervene in the matter to ensure that the referees earlier appointed are reinstated to ensure a fair game.
Simba said the decision is unprecedented for CAF to change referees after the first leg match has been played for unknown technical reasons.
“This abrupt change calls for a lot of speculation, considering that the newly appointed referees are predominantly from the neighbouring country (Zambia), bordering DRC, which is driving distance to Lubumbashi. This is a major cause for concern for us!” said part of the letter.
“It is our anticipation that your federation will give due weight to this official complaint. Should you require our inputs at any stage, please do not hesitate to contact me directly,” said the letter.
“We look forward to your favourable intervention and response with regards to our request.”
Simba managed a 0-0 draw with the DRC football big guns in the first leg match, which was played at the National Stadium in Dar res Salaam last Saturday.
Simba, thus, need nothing short a win if they are to make it to the next stage of the tournament.