The Football Association of Malawi (Fam), has charged Mighty Be Forward Wanderers Football Club for displaying unsporting behaviour during the 2016 Carlsberg Cup semi-final match against Mangochi Police on Saturday 27th August 2016 at the Kamuzu Stadium.
Wanderers are being charged for ‘Bullying of Opponents’, Failure to control own Supporters’ and Bringing the game into Disrepute’ and they have 24 hours (from 13:00hrs on Thursday) to respond to the charges accordingly.
The charges are that during the semi-final match between Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and lower division side Mangochi Police, the Nomads supporters are alleged to have bullied a Mangochi Police player by pouring soup on him in the dressing room tunnel during half time which is contrary to article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulation.
Wanderers are charged that they allegedly failed to take precautionary measures to control their “supporters who invaded the dressing room and tunnel despite being aware and having been advised that they were not allowed to do so. This was contrary to Article 24.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations.”
“The actions of Wanderers supporters resulted in the delay of the second half kickoff as well as negative publicity of the above stated match therefore bringing the game of football into disrepute. In terms of Article 24.21 of the Rules and Regulations, the Organising Committee hereby charges the club accordingly,” says the charge statement signed by Fam General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda.
When the game resumed, Wanderers advanced to the final with a 1-0 victory through a goal scored by their experienced striker Ishamel Thindwa, who came in as a substitute.
Thindwa was decorated with man of the match accolade for his exploits.
The Nomads will play the winners between Silver Strikers, who beat and Mafco FC the following day.
Wanderers are on the quest to become only the first club to win the Carlsberg Cup back to back. They won the prestigious cup after beating Nyasa Big Bullets 2-1 in Lilongwe last season.