By Mphatso Malidadi:
Civil Sporting Club have instituted a four-member commission of inquiry to establish factors that led to the teams’ 6-0 humiliation at the hands of TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday.
This follows concerns from Civil’s coaching panel that other factors might have contributed to the team’s loss to Bullets.
However, Civil General Secretary, Ronald Chiwaula, said there was no concrete evidence suggesting that match-fixing was at play in the game.
“Following the very disappointing performance against Nyasa Big Bullets, the Executive Committee called the technical panel to explain exactly what happened.
“One of the reasons the technical panel gave us is that probably there could have been an element of match-fixing. So, we are saying, because we don’t have any evidence, we have instituted a commission of inquiry into this,” he said.
Chiwaula declined to reveal names of the officials in the commission of inquiry, but said they expected the findings to be out by this weekend.
Bullets Chief Administrative Officer, Albert Chigoga, laughed off the allegations and warned that they were not taking them lightly.
“We are very disappointed that a senior official is making those allegations without any evidence. It is very damaging and disturbing because everyone who watched the game would simply agree that Bullets were at their best. We will make our own internal consultations to come up with our stand on the issue,” he said.
Former Flames team manager and defender, Clement Kafwafwa, said it was unfair to raise match-fixing allegations, as Bullets displayed quality football.
“I don’t think match-fixing was at play because Bullets played well in all departments. If you looked at positional discipline, pattern of play and level of concentration, other teams should be wary of Bullets. It shows that their coach [Kallisto] Pasuwa is improving the side. This should be a message to other teams to send their coaches for refresher courses,” he said.
Civil returned to Lilongwe without a point after they also lost 1-0 to Mighty Tigers at Mulanje Stadium on Saturday.
Before the defeats, Civil had won three consecutive league games.
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