Silver Strikers FC has strongly denied trying to influence a TNM Super League match against fellow title contenders Blantyre United last weekend in which they won 5-0.
Blantyre United technical director Lawson Nakoma said the club has instituted their own investigations into the matter.
Nakoma said four players of Blantyre United had offered to fix their game against the Bankers in return for bribes.
But Silver has since dismissed the claims as “rubbish”, according to general secretary Owen Munthali. He said the club would take legal action to protect their image and that of their sponsors- Reserve Bank of Malawi.
The club said they have identified the individual who is posting on social networks such as Facebook and other websites making match-fixing allegations.
Silver has instructed their lawyer Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda to proceed with legal action against the individual.
Lawyer Nyirenda said: “These allegations are unfounded, baseless and border on madness; they are painting a bad image of Silver. These issues are emanating from jealousy since Silver is a successful club, enjoying decent sponsorship. We have to look at the forces behind this person. It is a conspiracy against Silver. We will report to police and seek private prosecution.”
Blantyre United also popularly known as ‘Mphembedzu’ were hot contenders for the title until Sunday when they lost miserably to the Bankers and surrender their title campaign.
The Bankers are in the driving seat with 54 points from 25 games. They just need six points to retain the title for the third consecutive year. Big Bullets are second on 52 points from 26 games while Blantyre United remain third on 48 points from a similar number of games. Silver’s maximum tally is 63 points while Bullets and Blantyre can only get as far as 54 and 58 points, respectively.
Another individual also implicated Silver last year in match-fixing allegations that involved their defender Chipiliro Jose when he was at Escom United.