Balaka incident probed
The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has instituted an independent panel to investigate issues that led to the postponement of a TNM Super League second-round match between Be Forward Wanderers and Mzuni FC on Saturday.
The match was postponed after Mzuni alleged that some of their members were beaten up by suspected Wanderers supporters when the visitors wanted to enter Balaka Stadium.
There was a letter circulating on social media, indicating that Wanderers have been awarded maximum points and that both teams have been fined.
However, Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, distanced the league’s governing body from the fake letter.
“The ruling is not yet ready because we have instituted an independent panel to look into such issues. The committee will consider reports from all stakeholders that were present on the day before making its determination,” he said.
Banda said they cannot disclose the identity of the panel because they do not want to compromise the investigations.
“There is a tendency where some partners connected to the issue whether directly or indirectly, make [phone] calls to influence outcome; so we will not disclose individuals that are in the panel,” he said.
Wanderers, through their Supporters’ Committee Chairperson, James Chiutsankhondo, denied that their fans roughed up Mzuni players and officials.
Mzuni Chairperson, Albert Harawa, on Saturday pointed fingers at Wanderers.
“In our view, the game has been called off due to lack of security and violence. The Nomads, who were supposed to provide security to the visiting team, beat up the coaching panel and leader of delegation Ms Agnes Mzumara. They had to receive treatment at Balaka District Hospital,” Harawa claimed.
However, Wanderers Team Manager, Steve Madeira, on Saturday distanced his team from the attack on Mzuni Officials.
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