FAM has said it is a cause for concern that none of the local elite referees has been chosen to officiate at the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations starting in South Africa next weekend.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has selected 18 elite referees and 21 assistant referees for the continental showpiece.
Last year, Moffat Champiti, who has since retired, was chosen to officiate at a similar event.
Football Association of Malawi (FAM) referees subcommittee chairperson James Mwenda described the development as a big disappointment.
“In modern refereeing, match officials are assessed game by game, therefore, our referees should not just be contented with a Fifa badge. They need to aim higher,” said Mwenda.
Champiti also said it is a setback that none of the local referees has been chosen to officiate at the tournament.
According to a statement from CAF, among the central referees only two, Sylvester Kirwa [Kenya] and Bernard Camille [Seychelles], will be making their maiden appearance at the tournament.