Silver Strikers three players Haji Wali, Foster Bitoni and Stain Davie are being investigated for allegedly taking part in a social football game contrary to Football Association of Malawi’s (Fam) order barring competitive and social games.
Fam made the order after State President Peter Mutharika declared the nation as a state of disaster in a move that was a precaution to coronavirus threat.
Now the country has registered 16 Coronavirus cases including two deaths.
It is alleged that the trio played the social match on Sunday at Mchesi Lilongwe on Sunday.
Sources indicate that Bitoni, whom Silver have signed from Blue Eagles, scored for Magigo FC to win the match.
The losing side Rinya also allegedly featured other notable names such as Ndaona Daisi and Asedi Ayami and one Kamuzu Barracks player whose identity could not be confirmed immediately.
Silver’s Head of Communication and Marketing, Daniel Dauda, said they were investigating the matter by among others establishing the authenticity of the pictures.
“We cannot tell when the pictures circulating on social media were taken. We are looking into the matter and once we found them guilty, we will take appropriate action against the players,” Dauda said.
Bitoni and Wali could not be reached to comment but Davie denied being part of the grouping.
“I am actually wondering where these issues are coming from. I am in Kasungu as we are speaking. I don’t know anything I didn’t play social football on Sunday in Lilongwe,” he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said Silver must punish the players if found guilty.
“Silver must do so in accordance with their (players) contracts. It is the responsibility of Silver to sanction the alleged players. Of course Fam has jurisdiction over all football matters in the country. It is on that basis we suspended association football which is organised and supervised within Fam structures,” he said.
Gunda called on other stakeholders to enforce government’s directive barring public gatherings.
“It is under the jurisdiction of the police to make sure that laws are enforced and not Fam. It is also very unfortunate that despite the warning people choose to risk themselves in that situations,” he said.
However, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera said the police was currently on guard and everyone found breaking the law will be punished accordingly.
“We have laws against those breaking the directives in line with social gatherings and once caught the law will take its course,” Kadadzera said.
Both Bitoni and Davie recently joined Silver from Blue Eagles and TN Stars respectively.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.