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Lilongwe Police have arrested more people on allegations that they forged tickets for the second edition of Chifundo Charity Shield held at Civo Stadium recently.

Sources within the police have confirmed the arrests, but refused to disclose their identities, let alone the number of the suspects.

Initially, the police arrested Peter Minofu and Weston Garnet, for allegedly being found in possession of fake tickets during the game involving eventual winners, Nyasa Big Bullets and Kamuzu Barracks.

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During their Lilongwe Magistrates’ Court appearance, Minofu and Garnet, who were remanded at Maula Prison in Lilongwe, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Commercial and Marketing Director, Limbani Matola, has said the Charity Shield faced challenges.

“So far our experience shows that being a relatively new concept in Malawi we are still facing some teething problems. Last year for example, we managed to get K1.5 million net revenue and this year the figure is quite lower, which was way below our expectation,” Matola explained.

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“In order to fulfil the charitable cause, Fam had to source funds from other sources to subsidise the purchase of hospital equipment which was donated to Kamuzu Central Hospital. This year, we are still deciding on the next course of action on how best we can assist Kachere Rehabilitation Centre.”

He added that the influx of fake tickets was hampering the purpose of the Charity Shield.

“We are glad that unlike last year, this year, the culprits were caught red handed. We have made efforts to fortify security of our match-day tickets. To this end, we have even gone further to import Fam tailor-made tamper evident security holograms which are very difficult to copy,” Matola added.

Last year, the match realised K11 million at the same stadium.

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