Silver Strikers have banned 10 supporters for two years for being involved in the Fisd Challenge Cup fracas in a semi-final 4-0 loss to Blue Eagles two weeks ago.
The supporters are Edwin Safari, Grant M’balaka, Mende, Limbani Gomonda, Madi, Foster, Katedza, Benjamin (Mchewa), Dustan and Miraj.
The club’s Acting General Secretary, Innocent Kadammanja confirmed the banning of the supporters saying the club regrets the incident.
According to Kadam’manja the decision has been made to bring sanity amongst the supporters.
“Through our own investigations, instituted soon after the fracas, we have identified and resolved to ban with immediate effect for a period of two football seasons, the supporters who are believed to have taken a leading role in the unruly behavior,” Kadammanja said in a statement.
“The ten supporters are not allowed to enter Silver Stadium, watch any game involving Silver [home and away] or participate in any football related activities involving Silver during the period of ban. As a club that values professionalism, integrity, ethics and excellent code of conduct, we cannot condone such unruly behavior and barbaric acts that bring our beautiful game of football into disrepute. With deep regret, we offer our heartfelt apologies to our sponsors, Fisd, Football Association of Malawi (Fam), all football fans and stakeholders in Malawi for the violent scenes that ensued on that day.”
However, implementation of ban on supporters has always been a challenge in domestic football as some banned supporters still watch matches.
Kadam’manja said the club has a special plan to ensure that the ban is implemented for a period of two years.
During the fracas, two supporters got injured and required first aid treatment. The fracas ensued after referee Mayamiko Kanjere gave a straight red card to Silver forward Khuda Muyaba for retaliation for a foul from Eagles defender Jacob Robert.
In the process, Muyaba was involved in a brawl with Eagles duo of John Soko and Micium Mhone.
But Soko was also involved in a scuffle with Silver duo Herbert Wayenkha and Duncan Nyoni.
Following the fracas, Fam has also charged Silver with six counts such as causing match abandonment, beating or bullying of opponents, inciting hatred and violence, brawl, use of undesignated entry and bring the game of football into disrepute.