Police preliminary report has implicated Football Association of Malawi (Fam) officials and its affiliate, Central Region Football Association (CRFA), in the Chifundo Charity Shield tickets saga.
In a report sourced by The Daily Times, the police say Fam ignored pre-match meeting resolutions reached at Civo Stadium on Saturday before the match involving Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.
“Three companies were selling the tickets namely Fama, M & C and Fam officials themselves were seen selling the tickets, one of them being Mr Pius Likagwa under the mango tree, a place which was not in our plan. While in the pre-match meeting, we agreed that Fama will be responsible for the selling of the tickets at the stadium,” reads part of the report.
“Counting of money was conducted in the theatre room which was guarded by the police, but to our surprise, we found Mr Limbani Matola, Likagwa and the other person, who I don’t know his name counting the money using the machine in the Stadium manager’s office.”
Fam Commercial and Marketing Director, Matola, yesterday said if the police had evidence on the illegal dealings, let the law enforcers arrest those linked with the matter.
“We want justice to prevail. We might not be 100 percent correct but should police have evidence, let them follow the constitution by arresting some of the people involved in the incident,” Matola said.
On his part, Likagwa distanced himself from selling the tickets, saying he was under the mango tree to supervise some ticket sales.
“It’s sad that people are speculating a lot of issues to tarnish my image, but God knows the truth. After we collected some of the tickets from the selling points, I was with Matola to oversee the process of selling the tickets under the mango tree,” Likagwa claimed.
Lilongwe Police spokesperson, Kingsley Dandaula, said he would only comment on the allegations against Fam after reading the report.
In conclusion, the report alleges that the mess that happened during the match was created by Fam after the association failed to follow what was agreed during the pre-match meeting.
The report also says contrary to the agreement, Fam went ahead to pay stewards, cashiers and Malawi Red Cross officials through cash.
However, Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, released a statement yesterday that the association printed 16,150 tickets from which 10,788 fans accessed the stadium using official receipts, translating to K11, 477,000 in gate revenue.
The association further accused the security personnel of sabotage.
“Some security agents openly confessed to Fam officials that they would not commit themselves fully because they could not be paid on the same day and are against the idea of paying them through the bank. They said being paid on Tuesday was an inconvenience and their officers would find a way to pay themselves and not wait for bank transactions on Tuesday,” reads the statement in part.