MTN/FAZ Super League referees are threatening to boycott matches if FAZ does not heed their demands to increase match fees.
According to referees who spoke on condition of anonymity, referees get as little as K800, far below their expenses for travel and logistics for matches across the country.
“This dispute has been going on for a long time now. We have been asking the authorities for a long time. The money is too little. They have increased the number of teams in the league which now includes teams from far-flung areas but our match fees remain unchanged,” said one senior referee.
“There is Real Nakonde, Nakambala, Choma who knows another team will come into the league from another remote area that will mean more long distances for referees. You can imagine you spend K1,000 for fuel that’s just between Lusaka and the Copperbelt and then you get that little. In fact these people are very lucky we are very ethical because these referees can sell out games to some of these richer clubs. So all training officers will be meeting at FAZ on Friday (yesterday). If nothing is agreed upon, we will implement the boycott,” said another referee.
Efforts to get a comment from FAZ referees’ manager Katongo Kabungo failed as his mobile phone was unreachable.