Malawi FA to engage Police, ACB in curbing match fixing

Football Association of Malawi FAM) has unveiled its plans to involve Malawi Police Service (MPS) and the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) among other stakeholders in a bid to completely wipe out match fixing and corrupt practices hurting the  game.

The development comes few days after officials from FAM  participated in a two day Fifa/Interpol and Cosafa seminar on match fixing and corruption which was held at Garden Court in Johannesburg, South Africa during the weekend of 25 and 26 August 2012.

In a statement released by the association and made available to Nyasa Times, the soccer governing body warns that all the perpetrators of match fixing and corruption in the game of football will seriously be dealt with.

Sugzo Nyirenda: Raises concerns about match fixing

“Fam will expand the existing partnerships by including the Malawi Police Service and the prosecution authorities in its quest to tackle match fixing and corruption in our game” reads part of the statement signed by FAM CEO Suzgo Nyirenda.

“Fam will also strengthen its relationship with the ACB so that perpetrators of this scourge are properly prosecuted,” adds the statement.

According to the statement, Fam has put in place several other mechanisms that will help in curbing corruption and match fixing which does exist despite having little being exposed.

Fam is also set to launch a public awareness campaign on the same including setting up a free toll line for whistle blowers to assist in exposing the malpractice.

“Fam will embark on public awareness campaign regarding issues of integrity in football and this will involve all stakeholders such as players, coaches, referees, administrators and the media,” said Nyirenda in the statement.

The statement further reveals that Fam will revise some of its policies including code of ethics and code of conduct so that issues surrounding football be properly captured.

Fam also says it will try to lobby the Malawi government through Ministry of Education to consider including match fixing as a lesson in both Physical Education and Social Studies subjects.

An alleged match fixing scandal made headlines last soccer season when a whistle blower Dyson Mussa claimed that former Escom defender Chipiliro Jose (now at Silver) received K150,000.00 from Silver to hand the bankers a win in a decisive match played at the Kamuzu stadium the allegations Jose denied and was set free after thorough investigations.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicates that a number of referees are given cash by club officials to favour their sides a development that has forced Sulom to act profusely in warning the clubs and officials indulging themselves in such kind of behaviour that they will seriously get punished when found.

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