Silver lose points for fielding suspended player: Malawi TNM League

Less than 48 hours after bidding bye to TNM Super League ‘Pasavute’ Silver Strikers FC are back in debt, having been deduced three points by the Super League of Malawi for featuring suspended  player Green Harawa.

Harawa was booked during the TNM Super League opening fixture involving the Bankers and Mighty Wanderers at Kamuzu Stadium before accumulating a second yellow card during the bankers’ match against Mafco FC at Silver.

The Bankers, however, went on to feature the star forward in a mid-week fixture against Kamuzu Barracks despite protests by the military side prior to the game.

Pavuta! All in vain- Scorer Ignatious Makoloni (24) goes for the ball against Blantyre Unt on Saturday
Pavuta! All in vain- Scorer Ignatious Makoloni (24) goes for the ball against Blantyre Unt on Saturday

The argument by the bankers was that there was no endorsement of a booking by the match officials in Blantyre on Harawa’s identity card after the Wanderers’ game.

However, acting on a complaint by Kamuzu Barracks, Sulom has established that Harawa was indeed booked during the Wanderers-Silver game as well as the Bankers’ next fixture against Mafco and
subsequently awarded three points to the soldiers.

Sulon general secretary Williams Banda told Nyasa Times Silver have lost the game against KB by two goals to nil.

This means the Bankers, who had moved from negative two to a point after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Blantyre United at Silver are back to -2 points.

Consequently, Mustafa Salim’s own goal that earned Silver the full points will not count.

Sulom also punished Kamuzu Barracks K120,000 for arriving late for the same game.

The body also cautioned teams to observe rules and regulations of the league.

With their 1-0 victory over struggling Blantyre United in Dedza on Sunday , the soldiers from Malawi Defence Force headquarters have now jumped from three points to nine points with five games played.

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