Fines questioned


Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom) have, amid questions from the football family, explained how they spend money realised from fines, which individuals and teams are slapped with.

There has been debate in some quarters ranging from how the two bodies determine the figures for the fines, discrepancies in the fines and how the money is spent. The money is not budgeted for.

Last week, Fam fined Be Forward Wanderers K300,000 and Prison United K150,000 for the violence that erupted during their Carlsberg Cup quarterfinal match at Balaka Stadium. The same week, Mafco were also fined K1,250,000 following skirmishes which occurred on the eve of their aborted quarterfinal against Nyasa Big Bullets, who wanted to train at Chitowe Ground in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District. Bullets were fined K150,000.


Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, on Monday sounded puzzled with the very question on how the association spends the money from the fines.

“I thought we invite people who come up with the determinations? We have to accommodate these people and meet other logistics. Actually, there are times when teams pay less than what we pay these people. Some of who come from places such as Lilongwe and Zomba,” Nyirenda explained.

Fam Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee preside over disciplinary cases. Likewise, Sulom also has such legal wings usually comprising lawyers.


Nyirenda added that the fines are not determined by cost of the logistics, but the rules and regulations depending on the severity of the offences committed.

The fact that the fines are channelled towards logistics raises questions as to whether it is possible for one to be found innocent.

Little wonder, last week Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, complained that it was impossible to win any case against Fam and Sulom.

Fam’s financial statements for the financial year that ended on June 30 2015 reflect fines received and paid. Article 52 of Fam’s statutes states that the association shall collect its revenue from sources such as “fines imposed by the authorised organs.”

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, on Monday said the fines are not budgeted for as they expect those involved in football to abide by the rules and regulations.

“Part of the money from the fines goes to the payment of venues for the meetings, extra security for other games, workshops for club officials and stewards. The fines appear under miscellaneous revenue,” Banda said.

Last year, Sulom fined Red Lions K3.1 million over the running battles that ensued on and off the pitch during a game against Wizards at Kamuzu Stadium.

The same year, Wanderers and Silver Strikers also paid over K100,000 each for pitch invasion offences. Mzuni FC were slapped with a K300,000 fine for a similar offence.

Azam Tigers chairperson, Sydney Chikoti, on Monday said there was need for more transparency on the money realised from the fines.

“There is no clear definition of what constitutes the magnitude of a fine. It is not pre-defined that for this offence, the money is like this. The amounts are at the mercy of Fam and Sulom. They would just dream it up,” Chikoti argued.

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