Football stakeholders have lauded Malawi National Council of Sports for appointing a taskforce to deal with issues of gate revenue fraud during football matches.
The 10-member taskforce is led by Sports Council member Richard Nyirongo and has until August 30 to submit its final report.
Super League of Malawi President Tiya Somba Banda said they support the initiative.
“Our treasurer Mr Malinda Chinyama will represent us in this taskforce. We believe this will help in finding lasting solutions to gate fraud, which we continue to experience during matches at various match venues,” Banda said.
Silver Strikers Company Secretary Peter Masiye also commended Sports Council for the move but expressed reservations over the composition of the taskforce.
“While we are commending the initiative, the taskforce ought to have more independent personnel other than being dominated by football administrators who are also part of the problem. Otherwise, this is a welcome development,” Masiye said.
Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda also hailed the formation of the taskforce but asked for more representation of clubs.
Members of the taskforce are Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Football Association of Malawi General Secretary, Sulom Treasurer, a Local Government representative appointed by the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Local Government and a representative of the Treasury appointed by the Secretary to the Treasury.
Others are Kamuzu Stadium Manager, sports journalist Garry Chirwa and Sports Council Executive Secretary.
Sports Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise made the announcement in a statement dated June 21.
The appointment came barely two days after reports of Bullets accountant Jeremiah Mwagomba allegedly demanding K750,000 from one of Glory Gate Management Company directors Gerald Mussa.
The People’s Team has since suspended Mwagomba, reported him to police and instituted internal investigations.
In April this year, police arrested four cashiers and two directors of Hope Gate Management Company after catching them red-handed with over K400,000 during the TNM Super League match between Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Sable Farming.
Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Akya Mwanyongo fined them K150,000 each after finding them guilty of theft.
Mwanyongo also ordered them to reimburse to Sulom the various amounts of money they were found with on the day of their arrest.
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.