Nyasa Big Bullets have suspended accountant Jeremiah Mwagomba for allegedly attempting to defraud gate revenue amounting to K750,000 during the People’s Team’s TNM Super League match against Mighty Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Bullets Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda, speaking at a press briefing at the club’s offices in Blantyre Tuesday, said they were shocked with reports from a whistle blower that Mwagomba demanded part of the gate revenue.
“As Nyasa Big Bullets, we stand by the values of integrity and professionalism; as such, we indiscriminately do not condone any acts or schemes to defraud the club in any way by any official or any member of the club and the club has from today suspended Mr Mwagomba and the matter has been reported to police,” Nyirenda, who is also former Football Association of Malawi general secretary, said.
The CEO said Bullets have reported the matter and Mwagomba to the police as the team continues with in-house investigations.
Bullets have acted swiftly after Times Sport highlighted the issue Tuesday following revelations from whistle blower Gerald Mussa, who is one of the directors of Glory Gate Management Company.
When contacted for a comment, Mwagomba promised to return our call in 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) President Tiya Somba Banda has said his body will immediately take over all gate management protocols following the matter.
“It is very unfortunate that people who are entrusted to run the game are the ones taking advantage of the system. People and football had started embracing advanced ticketing but, with this development, we are left with no other option but taking over all gate management protocols,” Somba Banda said.
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