By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Thursday meted out various punishments to Be Forward Wanderers, some supporters and Civil Sporting Club assistant Coach Oscar Kaunda for bringing the game of football into disrepute.
Wanderers have been slapped with a K2.7 million for being found guilty of various wrong doings in the Carlsberg Cup and the Fisd Challenge Cup.
According to a statement from Fam, Wanderers have been fined K500,000 for failing to take precautionary measures on their supporters who blocked Masters Security’s team bus from using the Kamuzu Stadium which led to a delay in the kick-off of the Carlsberg Cup final.
The Nomads have also been fined K800,000 for failing to control their security officer Mabvuto Kumusowa who beat up a Fam official and also interfered with match organisation protocol contrary to articles 24.1 and 24.11 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations.
The club has also been slapped with a K400,000 fine for failing to control its fans who slept at the match venue on the eve of the cup final which they lost 4-3 on post-match penalties.
The association has also banned six Wanderers supporters for one year for bringing the game into disrepute when they slept at Kamuzu Stadium on the eve of the final.
The six are Gomani Goba, Upil ie Sapangwa, Lloyd Makondanje, Batumeyo Chimpango, Meke Rabson and Wanderers supporters committee chairperson Mervin Nkunika.
According to Fam, the six contravened article 24.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations.
In the Fisd Challenge Cup, Wanderers are also guilty on three accounts and have been charged over K1 million.
Meanwhile, Civil Coach Oscar Kaunda has been banned for one year for insulting and bullying match officials during the Fisd Challenge Cup round-of-32 match against Karonga United at Civo Stadium.
“Civil were found guilty for failing to take precautionary measures to control their official Oscar Kaunda from insulting and bullying match officials. Mr Kaunda is banned from all football activities for one year effective November 28, 2018. Civil is hereby advised to ensure that the individual bans are adhered to,” reads part of the statement.
When contacted Thursday, Kaunda said he was yet to be briefed on the ban.
But Wanderers Chairperson Gift Mkandawire said the club would appeal the verdict.
“We strongly feel that the association is treating us in a bad way. They were supposed to call us for a hearing before coming up with a verdict. This needs to be reviewed and it is costly for the clubs. Why should we pay for our own right to be heard?” Mkandawire querried.
The statement further reads that any party that is dissatisfied with the decisions has the right to appeal to the Fam’s Disciplinary Committee within 48 hours of receiving their letters and upon the payment, in cash, of K500,000.