BLANTYRE(MaraviPost)–Silver Strikers have faulted Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for deducting over K1.5 million from their Standard Bank Cup prize, saying the football governing body is just being harsh.
FAM charged the 2014 Standard Bank champions for disrupting normal proceedings of the finals against Tigers following pitch invasion by their supporters despite being warned prior to the game.
Reacting, the Bankers have described the verdict as harsh and puzzling.
“We don’t know what game FAM is playing, but we are disappointed. When we won the TNM Super League they deducted K1.9 million, saying as damages to Balaka Stadium, yet when Big Bullets and Epac vandalized our Stadium this year, we received no payment from FAM. This is puzzling and not fair,” said Silver Treasurer Fred Kalonga in an interview with The Nation newspaper.
The team has, however, accepted the fine though with reservations.
Speaking to Matindi FM Thursday, Chairperson Macdonald Mafuta Mwale said the team is ready to pay the money but was quick to say that the Football governing body is always harsh when it is the Bankers on the wrong side.
In a letter signed by FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda addressed to the Silver Chairperson, FAM argued that pitch invasion by Silver supporters during the finals damaged the Civo Stadium’s perimeter and Standard Bank materials.
The disciplinary committee, therefore, as empowered by article 25 of the 2014 Standard Bank Rules and Regulations charged Silver of unsporting behavior for disrupting the normal proceedings of the match.
Civo Stadium management demanded K175 000 in damages for the broken perimeter, while Rainbow Scope Media demanded K841 130 for the damages done to Standard Bank advertising materials.
The Bankers have become regular customers of the FAM disciplinary committee since the incident that left Mighty Wanderers’ supporter dead at the Balaka Stadium last year when the two teams were playing the last game of the season.
The incident saw Silver starting the 2014/2015 TNM Super League season with minus 9 following the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) verdict on the case.
As if that was not enough, the 2014 Standard Bank champions were also found guilty of using a player (Green Harawa) who was serving two yellow cards as they were playing Kamuzu Barracks and they were deducted the three points they collected after beating the soldiers.
The Bankers also found themselves standing before the disciplinary committee of Sulom after they walked out of the pitch when they were playing against Moyale Barracks in the first round of the league in protest of a penalty which was awarded to the Kaning’ina soldiers in the 48th minute.
Going by the rules and regulations of the game, Sulom fined Silver K500, 000 and made the defending champions forfeit points for causing abandonment of the match.