Police report implicates FA Malawi officials in ‘ticket-gate’ scam

An official report filed by the Malawi Police has implicated newly recruited Fam Commercial Director Limbani  Matola and Central Region Football Association (CRFA) treasurer Pyson Likagwa in dubious cash transactions during last Saturday’s Chifundo Charity Shield match involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers.

Suspicious- some of the tickets with common serial numbers

Suspicious- some of the tickets with common serial numbers

Despite the huge turn-out at the 25,000-seater Civo Stadium and hiked gate fees, the highly anticipated clash raised only MK11.2 million.

The report, signed by Superintendent Clement Mulera and copied to Football Association of Malawi (Fam), Regional Commissioner of Police and Regional Police Operations Officer, among others has confirmed fears from some stakeholders, including Civo Stadium management of an organised ticket syndicate by Fam secretariat staff and other officials within the association.

According to the report, which Nyasa Times has sourced, some Fam officials engaged people said to be from M & C Company to sell tickets at an unapproved selling point yet there was only one company, Fellowship Association of Malawi (Fama) accredited to sell tickets at designated selling points within the stadium.

When police confronted the unscrupulous individuals from the dubious company, Likagwa, who was reportedly amongst the people selling the tickets told the police officers that the tickets were provided by Fam. Several other Fam officials reportedly backed the CRFA treasurer, prompting the officers to retreat.

Later during the match, the report reveals that Likagwa, Matola and another Fam official were seen in the Stadium Manager’s office counting bunches of cash using the counting machine from the office, when all the cashiers and supervisors were busy counting money in the stadium hall under police supervision.

Civo Stadium staff and other witnesses, who were alerted by Police confirmed the Fam officials had taken one of the cash boxes to the manager’s office.

The police report also observes that tickets pegged at K2,000 were being sold at K1,000 after half time, raising questions as to how the money was going to be reconciled as the tickets were put in one box.

Contrary to the resolutions made during the recent stakeholders meeting on football reforms and the arrangement made during the pre-match meeting that all service providers would be paid through banks, the report reveals that match stewards, first aiders and cashers were paid on the day of the match.

“It can, therefore, be concluded without fear of contradiction that the mess that took place on the day of the match was created by Fam, who breached most of the the arrangements made during the pre-match meeting,” concludes the report.

According to the report, Fam was represented by Likagwa and Matola at the pre-match meeting held two days before the match.

Apart from the flaws exposed by police, the local print and electronic media was also awash with reports that tickets with same serial numbers were being sold at the stadium. Nyasa Times also managed to source the suspicious tickets.

Both Likagwa and Matola could not be reached for their comments as we went to press but the later failed to explain the anomalies when confronted by a reporter from one of the dailies this week, only promising to come back to the reporter, a thing the paper said he did not do.

There have been serious suspicions of a match-ticket syndicate by Fam officials and secretariat staff during games administered by the association. People have been caught selling counterfeit tickets, allegedly provided by Fam secretariat staff but no one has been cautioned.

Almost the entire management from the Fam secretariat- starting from CEO Suzgo Nyirenda, Finance and Administration Manager Christopher Mdolo, the Commercial Director and Competitions Manager Gomezgani Zakazaka were present during the match.

Only transfer marching system manager Casper Jangale was missing in action from the top management.

During the Carlsberg Cup final involving Be Forward Wanderers and Big Bullets last year, the two clubs vehemently resisted Fam’s attempts to sell tickets before the final opting to have all the tickets sold at the match venue.

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Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan
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Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan
5 months 11 days ago

CHANGE THE SYSTEM!

We are COMPLETELY BORED with CRIMES BEING COMMITTED and then all the shenanigans of taking criminals to court where crooked ‘lawyers’ delay justice being served.

TURN EACH FOOTBALL TICKET INTO A LOTTERY TICKET; then PROPER ACCOUNTABILITY MUST HAPPEN!

Details from Me @ Ivan Mark Radhakrishnan on Facebook and @ IMR’s Sports World and @ +265 (O)888 245 818 and @ [email protected].

WE SHOULD NOT BE PAYING TAXES WITH ALL THE SCAMS WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING. Further, it’s AGAINST OUR CONSTITUTIONS to finance corruption!

pido
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5 months 11 days ago

I will tell you the truth. Suzgo, Mwneda and Likagwa ndi mava kwambiri. These people made it possible for walater to win because they new that the downfall of Walter woould mean their syndicate being exposed. Zamanyazi anthuwa kaya. Amafuna ndalama ku Boma za ma game ncholinga choti aziba chonchi. Mfuseni Chivunde amadziwa zambiri za anthuwa ndipo adamuthamangitsa ku FAM popeza ankawadzudzula anganyawa. A Ngalamira adawathamangitsako popeza sankathandizira nawo kuba. Uyu Nsomab adamukaniza kulowa popeza aliso ndi Chilungamo. Tipemphe Boma kuti ma Associations awa azigulitsa ma Tickect through Tills osati pamanja ngati mmene zikukhaliramu Kuba kwenikweni

Jenala
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Jenala
5 months 12 days ago

What is the police waiting for? This is pure fraud and theft. These people must be arrested. The shoudn’t have to wait for anyone to give them orders. They have the evidence. Arrest the suspects now!

Zampila (
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Zampila (
5 months 12 days ago

palibe chomwe chingachitike apa. The only option is to report FAM to court of arbitration & FIFA otherwise zipitilila izi. Ndikuuzeni pano kuti nkhani imeneyi inatuluka ku College of Medicine pamene wamkulu wa FAM anatchulidwa akupeleka presentation yake sanakane,FAM sinakane, komanso sinachitepo kanthu. Ambili anadandaula nkhaniyi ndi kulankhulapo kuphatikizapo a Silver ndi a Tigers etc koma kuti? Matikiti amakhala ogawana ndi wamkulu kwambili ku FAM.

Mpira Village
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Mpira Village
5 months 12 days ago

Pyson Likagwa doesn’t even have a PSLCE and yet he is a treasurer of CRFA and James MWenda with a JCE as VP FAM. The secretariat is using these two guys to be stealing from the gate collections.
Our football has gone to the dogs. ACB, Police, MNCS and FAM we need action on this issue please.
Bwana Nyamilandu, anthurium awa asakuonongeleni dzina lanu chande.

mwe
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mwe
5 months 12 days ago

Let’s hear the other side as well. Matola spoke tough against the malpractice during the interviews on media and this can be one way to silence him and to tarnish his image, one day the truth shall be known and the game of football shall win, okolola posalima muzalilira kuutsi ndithu…aruta continua…..

ntopwa guy
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5 months 13 days ago

No wonder Zugzo Nyirenda and his colleagues fought tooth and nail to have Mr. Nyamirandu manda re-elected FAM president, kuba, zamanyazi.

Mtengo Wautali
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Mtengo Wautali
5 months 13 days ago

Heads rolled at FIFA when corruption scandals came to light. Let heads roll at FAM!!!!!!

Kampupu Baloyi Jnr.
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Kampupu Baloyi Jnr.
5 months 13 days ago

Hahahaha!!!! Amalawi kupusa, anthuwa anayamba kale kuba ndalama za ma tickets / gate collections. And aba zambiri ife tiri gone. Orchestrated by FAM Secretariat itself. A bunch of thieves and fools. Very shameful!!!!

ya_smoothDJ
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ya_smoothDJ
5 months 13 days ago

Now you wonder why and how football is not developing in Malawi. These guys starting with the president must resign and face justice

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