Nomads ordered to play Mzuni FC
Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Disciplinary Committee has ordered Be Forward Wanderers and Mzuni to play at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on December 10, following their failed match on November 4.
The decision follows a fresh hearing which the committee held after an appeal Wanderers made against the committee’s earlier determination.
The game failed to take place as Mzuni fled Balaka Stadium and sought refuge at Balaka District Hospital after being attacked by suspected Wanderers supporters when the visitors were trying to enter the facility.
Wanderers had challenged the initial determination, which the committee, led by Davis Sado, made, saying the commitee’s members had conflict of interest, procedures for the hearing were flouted and that Mzuni failed to present sufficient evidence that it was the Nomads’ fans who assaulted Mzuni officials.
In the fresh hearing, Tadala Tembo, Happy Mkandawire and George Mussa formed the committee, which upon examining evidence, fined Wanderers K500, 000 for being found guilty of failing to control their supporters.
Wanderers and Mzuni were found guilty of bringing the league and football into disrepute and were fined K1 million each.
However, considering some factors, Wanderers’ fine was reduced to K500, 000 whereas Mzuni’s fine came down to K700, 000.
This means that Wanderers will pay a total of K1 million while Mzuni will cough K700,000.
Furthermore, Wanderers supporters, Trouble Kumsowa and Njanji, have been banned from watching league games for the rest of the season, for their alleged involvement in a brawl and alleged assault of Mzuni officials.
Wanderers star, Joseph Kamwendo, has also been for allegedly inciting violence and offensive behaviour.
Mzuni General Secretary, Khumbo Kumwenda, yesterday said they were shocked by the latest verdict.
“Wanderers have gotten away with murder again. One team has been found guilty twice and it is not Mzuni FC but we have been fined. One of their officials has been seriously warned twice within a week on two separate cases.
“A player incited violence and has only been given a one-match suspension. What are these people still doing in football circles? We wanted to sort this issue out on the pitch but our opponents are busy demanding free points,” Kumwenda said.
Wanderers’ Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, yesterday said there was very little that has changed from the previous verdict.
“We are still aggrieved. The only thing that has changed is on Valence Kamzele, but we will just focus on the league,” Mkandawire said.
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