Malawi National Council of Sports has set up a taskforce with the aim of finding ways of ending incidences of gate revenue fraud that continue to haunt the country’s football.
The 10-member taskforce is chaired by Sports Council Board Member and former Athletics Association of Malawi president Richard Nyirongo.
Members are Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Treasurer and a representative of the Treasury appointed by Secretary to the Treasury.
Other members are a Local Government representative appointed by Principal Secretary for Local Government, a Malawi Police Service representative appointed by the Inspector General, Kamuzu Stadium Manager, sports journalist Garry Chirwa and Sports Council Executive Secretary.
A press release dated June 21 2022 and signed by Sports Council Board Chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise reads: “Following incidence of fraud and theft relating to gate takings in football matches at various stadia, I have appointed a taskforce to investigate the issue and come up with a comprehensive strategy and framework of arresting this vice.”
The release states that, once approved, the strategy and framework would become operating guidelines for gate collections at football matches.
“The council may also modify the strategy and framework for use in other sports disciplines. The taskforce will complete its work and submit its report to council by 30th August 2022,” it reads.
Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda welcomed the development.
“The most important thing is to note the challenges and candidly resolve them. We all need to take the necessary steps to avert the vice. A review of the infrastructure and operating systems for access control will be key to the strategy,” Gunda said.
The taskforce’s appointment comes barely two days after Nyasa Big Bullets accountant Jeremiah Mwagomba was reported to have allegedly demanded K750,000 from one of Unity Gate Management Company directors Gerald Mussa during the match against Mighty Waka Waka Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Saturday.
Bullets have since instituted internal investigations into the matter, suspended Mwagomba and reported him to police.
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.