Nomads handed heavy fines for violence

By Jeden Chilikunzako, Nyasa Times

Mighty Wanderers will pay dearly for causing violence that marred their TNM Super League match against Red Lions on Sunday at the Kamuzu stadium.

The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) meeting on Monday found the Nomads guilty on the violence that occurred, according to a ruling obtained by Nyasa Times.

The determination said “Wanderers has brought Sulom, the sponsors and the game into disrepute.”

The league governing body also faulted Wanderers for failing to provide adequate security being the home team.

They also ruled that Nomads “failed to control the actions of their officials and supporters.”

Nomads: To play all games away from home ground

Said the ruling: “Wanderers breached the peace of the general public when they smashed people’s private property.”

Sulom then meted penalties that include a Wanderers home games for the remainder of the season will be played away from home which is the Kamuzu stadium.

They have been seriously warned against their conduct and risk a ban if this happens again.

Sulom has also fined the club which has no sponsor, K300, 000 for failing to provide security and K200, 000 for disrupting the normal proceedings of the game.

“These fines are payable before their next fixture this weekend and failure will result in losing points,” the ruling said.

The Nomads have also been ordered to issue a public apology to all stakeholders through a media statement and should be written by top management within 24 hours.

“Because of the violence, there will be no game at the Kamuzu stadium this weekend to allow Wanderers repair it,” Sulom ruled.

Meanwhile, the Southern Region Police say they have made one arrest following Sunday’s violence.

The violence spilled outside the stadium and beyond as angry fans blocked the Kamuzu highway, smashing cars and damaging the Polytechnic traffic lights.

Southern Region Police Public Relations Officer Davie Chingwalu told reporters that they have made one arrest so far and expect more arrests to follow as information is being gathered.

“We have made one arrest this far and we hope that the arrested fan will lead us to his colleagues who were in the forefront. A lot of people have been giving us information and reports,” he said.

Chingwalu also disclosed that close to 6 people have reported so far that their cars were smashed in the mayhem.

After striker Anthony Banda was shown a red card by referee Happy Ng’ambi for an off the incident, Nomads supporters pelted stones into the pitch forcing the police to fire teargas to disperse the rowdy crowds in a game they were trailing 1 – 0.

Apart from smashing cars, blocking the motorway, the fans also smashed a window leading to an ATM at Eco Bank Ginnery Corner branch but did not go inside.

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