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Open defiance

UNMOVED—Mulo (third right) watched the game

Controversial Silver Strikers supporter Mulo Makina defied conditions of his life ban when he watched the FDH Bank Cup semifinal match against Mighty Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium on Sunday.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam), in its ruling recently, banned Makina from association football for life after being found guilty on four counts including beating and bullying opponents during the match between Silver and Nyasa Big Bullets last month.

The association advised Silver and security personnel to ensure compliance of the ban.

According to Fam, failure to do so would lead to sanctions against the club ranging from fines and points’ deductions.

However, Makina found his way into the stadium despite the presence of Malawi Police Service (MPS) agents and stewards.

In an interview Monday, Fam First Vice President Justice Jabber Alide, who is also chairperson for the Competitions Committee, said, despite Silver’s appeal, Makina was banned from football activities for life.

“That decision has not been stayed in any way and is effective from the date the letter was written. Attendance at yesterday’s match by one Mulo Makina is nothing but an act of defiance. The football family is aware about several infringement and bans that this particular person has previously received,” Alide said.

“He is not changing but continues with impunity doing all acts that are endangering not only football, but spectators, as well as those running the game. Neither the Competitions Committee nor Fam has enforcement mechanism in dealing with people of this kind. It is the responsibility of respective clubs to ensure that these sort of supporters are far away from the club and the game and must not be given opportunity to participate in activities of the clubs. Unfortunately, this is not happening. It’s a threat to our beautiful game.”

According to the determination, the committee also considered Makina’s past record in engaging in alleged violence and hooliganism.

However, Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali was not available for his comment.

Fam also banned Silver from playing at home for one year and also fined the club K3.7 million after finding it in the wrong on nine counts.

MPS spokesperson James Kadadzera did not answer his mobile phone yesterday.

Silver progressed to the FDH Bank Cup final after beating Wanderers 3-0 with goals from Patrick Macheso, Blessings Tembo and Mark Fodya. They will meet Ekwendeni Hammers, who defeated Rumphi United 3-2 on post-match penalties after a goal-less stalemate in regulation time.

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