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Red Lions yet to pay K1m fine

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Zomba-based TNM Super League side, Red Lions, are yet to pay fines amounting to about K1 million for offences they committed last season in a match against Fisd Wizards, then known as Surestream.

Red Lions treasurer, Wakisa Kaisi, said his club had written a commitment letter to the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to assure the body that payment would be made.

However, nine months after occurrence of the incident at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, the soldiers are yet to honour their pledge.

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Kaisi said payment was in the process of being made and a cheque would be taken to Sulom any day.

“We are committed to honouring the pledge we made. We cannot go back on our promise. We are a big team and we know the consequences of failing to pay the fine,” he pointed out.

Sulom general secretary, Williams Banda, confirmed that his body was yet to receive payment of the fine and would wait until commencement of the new season.

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“There is a cutoff point, which is the date for kickoff of the new season. If they fail to pay by the time the new season rolls off, then they will not be allowed to play,” stated Banda.

He said the club licensing rules require that clubs should not go into the new season with debts against their mother body.

The match was the only major incident of violence last season that resulted in several people sustaining injuries, with one Godfrey Mwale eventually losing his life at the

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre where he was rushed to for treatment.

Alleged Lions supporters, players and officials went on the rampage immediately after referee Boniface Chapinga blew the final whistle, engaging in violent acts that resulted in injuries of various degrees being sustained.

A hearing of the Sulom disciplinary committee found the soldiers guilty and fined them a total of K3.6 million. The fine was later reduced to K3, 150, 000.00 after appeal.

Still not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal, Lions went to seek further arbitration, which culminated in the fine being reduced to K1, 050, 000. 00. Five players and their team doctor were also let off the hook.

Fines against the team for failing to control the actions of its players and supporters still stood side by side with those of two players Dickson Mbetewa Jnr and Lot Chawinga for violent conduct.

Banda said Sulom’s interest was not in the money but to nip wayward behavior among team supporters, players and officials in the bud.

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