Silver won title decider through ‘match fixing’ – report

Silver Strikers general secretary Owen Munthali and executive member Martin Chibweya have been implicated to have promised Escom United defender Chipiliro Jose K150, 000 so that he should help the Bankers win their last game in the elite TNM Super League, Daily Times reported on Friday.

The paper relied its weight of evidence from Dyson Musa, who acted as a go-between on the match fixing syndicate which enabled the Bankers win the game 1-0 to leapfrog Escom United who just needed a draw to win the championship.

Revealations

Musa narrated  to the paper:

“I have a friend, a Escom player and on Thursday 26 January he asked me meet Mr Owen Munthali, Silver Strikers GS to collect money amounting to K150, 000. That money was to be paid so that the player can fix the game, I met Mr Munthali, he gave me money to buy airtime and we called the player and we agreed that we should travel to Blantyre together to make the payment.

Jose alledgedly to have agreed to fix the game

“We agreed to go together to Blantyre with Silver officials namely Owen Munthali, who left on Friday morning leaving me behind, he called me giving me (Martin) Chibweya’s number who in turn asked me to use my own money which would be refunded.”

Musa said he proceded to Blantyre as instructed by the Silver officials using his personal car.

“I left Lilongwe on Saturday on my car, when we reached Blantyre, Owen called me to meet him at Goldcard (Lodge) where Silver was. He asked me to call the player and tell him everything was okay. He told me K100, 000 was ready. I passed on the information,” Musa said.

“We agreed that after the game we would get the money. But they changed statements after grabbing the cup. When l started to follow up things, they began to threaten me.”

The Daily Times  said it is in possession of text messages that were exchanged between Musa using his cell number 0999558661, Jose cell number 0995377071, Chibweya’s cell number 0991443944, and Munthali’s numbers 0999960700 and 0999950130.

In one of the text messages the Silver officials informed Musa to go on with the deal:

Ndalama tikupatsa akabwera a mwale Wednesdayy” (We will give you the money on Wednesday when (Mwale) arrives.

Another one says: “Tell him K100.000 ilipo, tikumane Friday madzulo ,”  (Tell him K100.000 is available, lets meet on Friday evening).

No deal

In one of the text messages defender Jose texts Musa using cell number -0995377071 telling him to give up because the issue had been exposed.

Man khani zayamba kuveka zindiipisila mbiri zisiyeni basi” ( The issue has now been exposed drop it, it will spoil my reputation).

But after Musa insisited on getting the money, Jose texed: “Ase ndakuuza, upeze njira ina yoti akupasile ndlamazo bola ine ndauza’ ( I have told you to find another way for them to give you the
money , the good thing is l have told them.)

Jose freaked out, texting Musa: “Amwene musandiipisile mbiriyanga .ine sinagulise game.athu
ukuwalalatirawo  andiuza ine ndakana. Mukalandira ndlamazo akakumangisa zako ndawauza kale kuti ine ndinazisiya. Zinazo ukupanga kufuna kwako. Ine ayi.
(Don’t spoil my reputation. I did not fix the game. The people you are demanding money from will have you arrested. I have told them that l
dropped the issue .The other thing you are doing on your own, not with me.)

Accoridng to the paper, both Munthali and Chibweya distanced themselves from the incidence
claiming they don’t know Musa and that their game against Escom was won neat.

A week before the game against Silver, Escom players boycotted training due to unpaid game bonuses and allowances.

Sulom general secretary Williams Banda told the paper they will launch an investigation into the matter.

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