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Silver Strikers fined, cannot play at home

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Suzgo Nyirenda

Capital City giants Silver Strikers will no longer play home matches at Silver Stadium for one year after Football of Association of Malawi (Fam) found them guilty on nine counts of misconduct during an FDH Bank Cup quarterfinal match against Nyasa Big Bullets last month.

Silver have also been slapped with a K3.7 million fine while their controversial supporter Mulo Makina has been banned for life with immediate effect.

In a determination released Thursday, Fam and its Competitions Committee, which convened on September 10 2021 in Blantyre, found Silver guilty on nine counts of misconduct during the match.

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“Silver Strikers failed to control their supporters, led by one Mr Mulo Makina, from engaging in improper conduct towards match officials and opponents against the spirit of fair play and brought the game of football, Fam and sponsors into disrepute contrary to Article 67 of the Fam Disciplinary Code,” of Fam’s letter to Silver reads.

The country’s football governing body has fined the Bankers K2 million for bringing the game of football into disrepute and a K500,000 fine for beating and bullying opponents and match officials.

Silver have also been ordered to pay K500,00 fine for inciting hatred and violence.

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For disturbing team talk, Silver will cough K450,000 while K300,000 is their punishment for insulting match officials.

Fam has also issued a strong warning to Silver for failing to control the influx of supporters into the stadium.

Mulo was found guilty of four charges including beating opponents and bullying opponents by pouring urine on Bullets players and supporters contrary to Article 24.12 of the 2021 FDH Bank Cup Rules and Regulations.

“The competitions committee has noted that Mr Mulo is a threat to the integrity of Malawi football and does not deserve to be anywhere near it. Silver Strikers Football Club are hereby advised to ensure that this time around, the individual ban conditions of Mr Makina are adhered to. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions against the club ranging from fines to points deductions,” the letter reads.

Super League of Malawi, Malawi Police Service and Stewards Committee have also been advised to ensure compliance on Makina’s ban.

Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali did not answer his mobile phone yesterday.

The club has been asked to pay the fines before its next official fixture but has the freedom to appeal within 72 hours.

Fam has also fined Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda K150,000 for misconduct.

Nyirenda was found guilty of insulting Fam officials and opponents, contrary to Article 24.11 of FDH Bank Cup.

The former Fam general secretary said he was yet to get communication on the matter.

“I will not appeal the verdict and I am ready to pay the fine,” Nyirenda, who also served as Council of Southern Africa Football Associations deputy general secretary, said.

He has been given 30 days to pay the fine.

During the match, Silver beat Bullets 4-2 on post-match penalties after a 2-2 stalemate in regulation time.

Silver’s next official fixture is an FDH Bank Cup semifinal tie against Mighty Wanderers at Bingu National Stadium on Sunday.

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