Football Association of Malawi (FAM) through its organizing Committee yesterday has made a decision on the events that occurred at Chitowe Stadium on Friday 12th August 2016 on the eve of a Carlsberg Cup quarterfinal match between Mafco Football Club and Nyasa Big Bullets.
According to reports submitted by the Match Coordinator, Mafco FC and Nyasa Big Bullets to committee indicates that there was a fracas that started as a result of solders invading the pitch and disturbing Nyasa Big Bullets training session.
The committee has observed that following the invasion of the training session, Nyasa Big Bullets quickly assembled at the centre circle and left the field of play as a group.
However, in a bid to collect a ball from a Mafco FC training session side, Bullets goalkeeper was slapped by the said Paul Ndhlovu. The Bullets goalkeeper retaliated and the MAFCO FC player was joined by his colleagues in beating the Bullets goalkeeper.
This forced the other Bullets players notably Fischer Kondowe and Aimable Niyikiza to proceed and try to rescue their colleague. However Mafco FC players, notably Paul Ndhlovu, Stain Malata and Richard Mbulu rained blows on the three Bullets players. It was further concluded that Richard Mbulu rushed to Mafco vehicle and brought out an iron bar that he used to hit one of the Bullets players.
Therefore, committee noted that the situation could have been avoided if, Mafco FC conducted themselves in line with the Rules and Regulations, and respected the direction given by the Match Coordinator.
On Bullets’ side, Chimwemwe Kumkwawa could have prevented the fighting if he was not drawn to retaliate after being slapped by Paul Ndhlovu. A further incursion of Bullets players into the pitch in a bid to rescue their colleague made matters worse.
Clearly, in respect of Mafco, it failed to control the actions of its official, the Team Manager, and also the players. As for Bullets, it failed to control the following actions of its players.
Following disputable events, the Committee made determinations as Mafco were found guilty of failing to take necessary precautions to prevent their players and official from displaying unsporting behavior and are responsible for the actions of their players as stipulated in article 24.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations.
In that regard, Mafco failed to control its players from going into pitch to train when Nyasa Big Bullets were training as the move led to the disorderly. Mafco failed to control its official from ordering the players to disrupt Nyasa Big Bullets training. As per article 24.21 soldiers are fined K300, 000.00.
While Nyasa Big Bullets FC were found guilty of failing to take necessary precautions to prevent their players from displaying unsporting behavior and are responsible for the actions of their players as stipulated in article 24.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations.
Nyasa Big Bullets failed to control their player Chimwemwe Kumkwawa from engaging in physical confrontation with MAFCO players. As per article 24.21 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations Nyasa Big Bullets are fined K150, 000.00.
Mafco were also found guilty of assaulting Nyasa Big Bullets players and as per article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations. Accordingly, the team is fined K500, 000.00.
Worse still, the soldiers were found guilty of disrupting Nyasa Big Bullets FC training session and as per article 24.20 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations. Accordingly, MAFCO FC is fined K450,000.00.
Not only that but Mafco were also found guilty of bringing the game of football into disrepute by defying FAM orders and proceeded to sleep inside Chitowe Stadium. As per article 24.21 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations MAFCO FC are banned from hosting any cup games organized by FAM at Chitowe Stadium until further notice.
The committee has also slapped some individuals with punishment , firstly Mafco Team Manager David Gulaimfa was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute by inciting the disorderly conduct of players i.e. ordering MAFCO FC players to invade the pitch to disrupt Nyasa Big Bullets training session. It was noted that without his order MAFCO FC players would not have disrupted Nyasa Big Bullets training and therefore there would not have been the sad events that occurred on the day. As per article 24.21 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations David Gulaimfa is hereby banned from all football activities organized by FAM and its affiliates for three (3) years.
Secondly, Mafco forward, Richard Mbulu is banned from all football activities organized by FAM for the rest of the season while Paul Ndhlovu and Stain Malata are banned for six matches while Jailos Kapalamula is seriously warned against indulging in similar offence in future.
Whereas Nyasa Big Bullets player Chimwemwe Kumkwawa was found guilty of contributing to the disorder by physically retaliating against MAFCO FC player, Paul Ndhlovu. As per article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations he is banned for three matches.
In general, Nyasa Big Bullets FC Bullets were found guilty of undermining authorities by walking out of the preparatory meeting and writing a letter advising of their unilateral boycotting of the match. As per article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations they are seriously warned against such behavior accordingly.
The match which failed to be played the following day after dispute is rescheduled to Saturday 20th August 2016 at Civo Stadium from 14:30 Hours.
The FAM has ensured to bring tight security at this match.
However, any aggrieved party is free to appeal to FAM’s Disciplinary Committee within 24 hours of receipt of this notification. Such appeal must be accompanied by the prescribed appeal fee in the sum of K450, 000.00 in line with Articles 15.1 of the Competition’s Rules and Regulations.