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Two people, who were arrested for being found in possession of fake tickets in Lilongwe, have been sentenced to nine months Imprisonment with Hard Labour.

The two—Innocent Jafali and Enock Mapundi—were convicted on the charge of forgery and have since been jailed at Maula Prison in Lilongwe.

According to court documents, Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate, Benjamin Chulu, noted that there was a breach of trust between Mapundi, Jafali and Football Association of Malawi (Fam), which organised the match.

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Other suspects, Peter Minofu, Weston Garnet and Adam Elias, were sentenced to six months suspended sentences with 240 hours of community service.

Court documents indicate that Minofu and Elias will serve community sentences at Limbe Health Centre in Blantyre whereas Garnet will serve at Blantyre Teachers Training College.

Reacting to the sentences, Fam Marketing and Commercial Director, Limbani Matola, Wednesday confirmed being informed by the prosecutor Gome Mchawi of the outcome of the lengthy trial.

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“For us, this is victory in curbing fraud and counterfeiting of match-day tickets. We believe that a strong message has been sent to would-be offenders that it is not going to be business as usual,” Matola said.

Minofu and Garnet were arrested during this year’s Chifundo Charity Shield match involving eventual winners Nyasa Big Bullets and TNM Super League champions, Kamuzu Barracks (KB), at Civo Stadium in April.

Bullets retained the Charity Shield after beating KB 3-1.

During the inaugural Charity Shield, fake tickets were also spotted but no one was arrested, amid a blame-game between the police and Fam.

Police preliminary report implicated some Fam and Central Region Football Association officials, but the matters was never pursued.

Fam set up a Commission of Inquiry whose findings have not been released.

During the Wafawafa Big Four Bonanza held at Bingu National Stadium a few months ago, two people were also arrested on suspicion that they forged tickets.

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