Chitipa United coach, Alex Ngwira, has asked referees in the country not to take sides when officiating games in the TNM super league and let teams win on merit for football to develop in the country.

Ngwira made the remarks following his team's bad trip to the southern region last weekend were they lost 1-0 to Red Lions on Saturday before being humiliated by Ntopwa football club 5-2 the following day which according to him the referee were biased of the southern region teams.

"When we play away we face a very big challenge where referees tend to favour teams from the region and this is very bad as teams do not win because they played well which is bad for football development," said Ngwira.

Chitipa are without a win the four matches they have so far played and have a solitary point from a draw against local rivals, Karonga United.

Ngwira believes his team would have accumulated more than they the single point they have if refeeing, particularly in away matches was up to standard.

But National Referees Committee General Secretary Chris Kalichero has brushed aside Chitipa’s claims, saying in most cases when a team fail to get a result in a match and does not want to be blamed, fingers blame are pointed at the referee.

“If Chitipa United or any other team in the super league has any complaints against the referees they should write to National Referees Committee and we will take appropriate action,” he said.