Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Organising Committee has fined Mafco FC K950,000 and suspended its manager and players from football activities for the violence that occurred at Chitowe Stadium on Friday.
Mafco and Nyasa Big Bullets’ players were involved in a fracas after the former invaded the pitch to stop Bullets players from training on the eve of the Carlsberg Cup quarterfinal game.
The incidents forced the Organising Committee to call off the match for security concerns. The quarterfinal match has since been rescheduled to Saturday at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
According to a press statement released yesterday by Fam General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, the Organising Committee fined Mafco players K500,000 after being found guilty of assaulting Bullets players.
The soldiers were also fined K450,000 for disrupting Bullets’ training session
Mafco were also faulted for bringing football into disrepute by defying Fam’s orders and proceeding to sleep inside Chitowe Stadium.
“As per article 24.21 of the Carlsberg Cup’s Rules and Regulations, Mafco FC are banned from hosting any cup games organised by Fam at Chitowe Stadium until further notice,” reads the release.
The committee noted that Mafco Team Manager, David Gulaimfa, was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute by inciting the disorderly conduct of players by ordering his players to invade the pitch to disrupt Bullets’ training session.
“It was noted that without his order Mafco FC players would not have disrupted Nyasa Big Bullets’ training and, therefore, there would not have been the sad events that occurred on the day. As per article 24.21 of the Carlsberg Cup’s Rules and Regulations, David Gulaimfa is hereby banned from all football activities organised by Fam and its affiliates for three years,” reads the release.
Mafco players who participated in the violence have not been spared the rod.
Striker Richard Mbulu has been banned from all football activities organised by Fam and/or any of its affiliates for the rest of the season. Defender Paul Ndhlovu is banned for six matches organised by the association and/or any of its affiliates.
Midfielder Stain Malata is banned for six matches organised by Fam and/or any of its affiliates. Goalkeeper Jailos Kapalamula was also warned against indulging in a similar offence.
Some Bullets players have also faced the music for retaliating during the fracas. Goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kumkwawa has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of contributing to the disorder by physically retaliating against Ndhlovu.
Bullets were also warned for undermining authorities by walking out of the preparatory meeting and writing a letter advising of their unilateral boycotting of the match.
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