Banda, who is also a national team player, was slapped the two match ban after he was found guilty of punching Kagera Sugar’s skipper George Kavila in a Mainland premier league match at Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba on April 2. The defender appeared to hit Kavila during the high tension match that ended with a stunning 2-1 victory to the hosts Kagera Sugar.
However Banda escaped a marching order as the match official was unaware of the incident which was seen through Azam television in their live broadcast. According to report from the committee, the player escaped heavy punishment after pleading guilty of the offence and begged for mercy for the incident during the cross-examination with the committee members.
However, his club Simba will be free to utilise the service of the defender as the defender has already missed two premier league matches against Mbao FC and Toto Africans, both games held at the CCM Kirumba Stadium.
Simba, who are the currently in league lead with 62 points are remained with three games against African Lyon, Stand United and Mwadui FC to wind up their title race campaign this season, so he can be featured in those games to be held in Dar es Salaam.
This is the second time for Banda to be caught misbehaving as in their match against their rivals Young African on February 25 held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam the midfielder also hit Yanga midfielder Said Juma; luckily, the offence went unpunished.