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Injunction’s case winding up

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Disciplinary Committee is winding up the injunction’s case involving the association’s losing candidates for last year’s elections.

The committee, through Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, asked the officials — Tiya Somba Banda, Wilkins Mijiga and Willy Yabwanya Phiri—to make their final submissions before a determination.

In a letter to representatives of the accused, Nyirenda said the final submissions were in respect of a hearing involving the football administrators.

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“I write to advise you that following the hearing, the Disciplinary Committee granted your request to file formal written submissions before it makes its determination in the matter,” Nyirenda wrote on April 27, 2016.

“You have seven days from the date thereof to file your written submissions with the committee through the Fam secretariat.”

David Kanyenda, who is representing Mijiga and Somba Banda, confirmed that the association asked for the submissions.

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“We appeared before the committee and since the hearing, this is the first communication we have received from Fam. The bottom line is that the process is still on-going. The operative presumption of my clients part thereof is of innocence,” Kanyenda explained.

The three are accused of taking a football matter to an ordinary court of law, contrary to Fifa statutes. Fifa can impose sactions, such as bans from football, for those found at fault for such offences.

Meanwhile, Yabwanya insists that he is innocent and that he will fight against what he perceives to be injustice. Banda denies being part of the injunction.

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