In the absence of amnesty from Super League of Malawi (Sulom), the home-match ban imposed on Mighty Wanderers by the Super League governing body is likely to extend to next season, Nyasa Times has the details.
On July 6 this year, Wanderers were banned from playing their next 10 home official matches at Kamuzu Stadium following the violence perpetrated by the team’s followers during and after a TNM Super League match against Blue Eagles.
Furthermore, Sulom’s disciplinary committee ordered that upon fulfilling the 10-match ban, the Nomads shall play their next five home league games behind closed doors with security logistics arranged and paid for by the club.
As it stands now, the Nomads have played five of the 10 home games away from home and are remaining with seven home fixtures against Mafco, Moyale Barracks, Big Bullets, Mzuzu United, Evirom, Mponela United and Silver Strikers in the ongoing TNM Super League.
This means they will play five of the remaining seven home fixtures away from home and the next two behind closed doors at the Kamuzu Stadium. Should the Nomads be given home fixtures in the Standard Bank Cup, the number of their home league games to be played away from Kamuzu Stadium is likely to reduce.
However, the Standard Bank Cup games and the remaining seven home league fixtures might not be enough to cover the punishment, resulting in the ban extending to next season when the Lali Lubani road outfit will be required to play a maximum of three games behind closed doors.
The number of games to be played without spectators next season might reduce depending on the Standard Bank Cup draw and the Nomads’ performance in the cup competition.
Consequently, Wanderers’ home league game against rivals Big Bullets scheduled for November 9, 2013 might be played in Lilongwe since there is no other suitable venue for the big clash in the southern region.