Wanderers pay K1m fine to Super League of Malawi

Mighty Wanderers have paid  the fine of K950 000 (about $2, 375) for causing the violence during and after their Super League game against Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium on June 29 which they lost 21-2.

Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda confirmed that the Nomads had paid the fine through some funds that were in custody of the league runners.

“We agreed with Wanderers to issue a commitment letter allowing us to take the funds that we were holding on their behalf as payment of the fine.

“These are funds we got from a foreign club as payment for their player’s transfer. They did that and now we can confirm that the K950,000 has been paid by Wanderers,” Banda said.

David Kanyenda:No appeal-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/ Nyasa Times
David Kanyenda:No appeal-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/ Nyasa Times

He, however, said the Nomads now have to pay for the damages that their supporters caused at the stadium during the incident.

The Sulom disciplinary committee ruled that an assessment of the damages be done jointly by stadium officials, Sulom and Wanderers officials so that the Nomads can pay for the renovations within 14 days.

Stadium manager Charles Mhango said they were still waiting for Sulom and Wanderers on the matter.

“But preliminary assessment done by us shows that the supporters broke drainage slabs, stole water taps in toilets and also broke windows panes at the dressing rooms,” Mhango said.

The development comes after Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda, who also doubles as the club’s legal adviser was,said the team would not appeal against the punishment.

“In any case, we can still win the league playing elsewhere. It could be a blessing in disguise since we have been struggling to register positive results at Kamuzu Stadium of late,” he said.

The Nomads were slapped with a K300 000 (about $750) fine for failing to provide security as a home team.

They were also fined K250 000 (about $625) for disrupting normal proceedings of the match contrary to Article 13.2.1 of the league’s rules and a further K150 000 (about $375) for their supporters’ actions to throw missiles onto the pitch.

Nomads fans went on rampage and threw missiles onto the pitch protesting referee Fransisco Scova’s decision to show their goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa the red card. Some of the supporters invaded the pitch.

The match was stopped for over 15 minutes as security personnel, including the police, tried to calm the situation.

According to police report, 24 vehicles were reportedly stoned as the violence spilled to other surrounding areas.

Wanderers have been barred from playing at Kamuzu Stadium for 10 games and will only be allowed to play their first five games after the ban without spectators.

This will be the second time for Wanderers to play in an empty stadium.

In 2011, they were also ordered to play in an empty Balaka Stadium against Zomba United after another violent incident at Kamuzu Stadium.

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