Super League of Malawi (Sulom) on Friday finally released a verdict after completing its investigation towards the abandoned TNM Super League match involving Mighty Be Forward Wandererd and Mzuni FC which
was scheduled to take place on 4th October 2017 at the Balaka Stadium.
The match failed to take place on Saturday after Mzuni left the match venue, Balaka Stadium, claiming assault by Wanderers supporters as they were entering the pitch.
After gathering all the required reports Sulom requested from all stakeholders to establish the cause of the abandonment, Sulom Disciplinary Committee Chaired by Davis Sado convened at the Lilongwe Hotel on 7th November 2017.
Following the scrutiny of the reports from Referee Mayamiko Kanjere, Match Commissioner Alfred Chasiwa, Mzuni and Wanderers, Match Cordinator Agrey Khonje and medical reports from Balaka District
Hospital, the committee found out that that there was a large crowd of Wanderers supporters at the VIP entrance where teams use to enter the stadium.
It was noted that Wanderers was first to alight from there bus and afterwards Mzuni Officials who were first to drop from their team bus
before their players but were verbally as well as physically assaulted by Wanderers supporters such that they had to leave the stadium for their own safety.
They then went to Balaka Hospital where the injured were treated as out patients.
The team never returned to the stadium until around 15:35 when referee finally called of the game.
During the hearing, Sulom officials who were at Balaka stadium as well as club representatives provided oral submission of their sides of the story to the disciplinary committee.
Following the unfortunate circumstances that led to the abandonment of the game, the disciplinary committee reached a consesus that the match be replayed and that Wanderers and Mzuni be fined since the
Rules and Regulations of Sulom clearly states that all the actions by players, supporters as well as officials, it is the teams that are
Both Wanderers and Mzuni were therefore fined K1,000,000.00 each for ‘bringing the league into direpute’.
But considering that Wanderers facilitated the smooth and peaceful exit of spctators at the Balaka Stadium, there fine was suspended to
Two Wanderers supporters identified as Njanji and Trouble who were on the forefront assaulting Mzuni officials have been banned from watching league games for the rest of the season.
Midfield maestro Joseph Kamwendo has been seriously warned for offensive remarks while his Goalkeeper trainer Vales Kamzere has been. handed a four match ban from the technical area and touchline.
Meanwhile, Sulom has warned clubs and officiting personnel against neglecting pre-match metings.
The disciplinary committee has also expressed concern with poor deployment and negligence by security personnel whith they say made matters worse during Wanderers Mzuni match.
It was revealed that Mzuni FC officials were physically assaulted in presence of Police.
All the agrieved parties stand a chance of appealing within 48 hour if not satisfied after paying K500,000.00 according to Sulom GeneralSecretary Williams Banda.
Meanwhile, Sulom has said it will step up security at the remaining Super League matches as the battle for the title goes to the wire.
Despite the abandoned match, Wanderers are still leading with 55 points while Nyasa Big Bullets are second with 51 points. Silver are third with 47 points. nFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :