Be Forward Wanderers’ officials have appealed against Super League of Malawi (Sulom) disciplinary committee ruling that ordered a replay of game which ended up in violence on 4th November 2017 between Be Forward Wanderers FC and Mzuni FC at Balaka Stadium in Balaka in a TNM Super League encounter.
According to Wanderers secretary General Mike Butao, the ruling has been biased as the ones who chaired it are die-hard supporters of Nyasa Bullets and Silver strikers, who happen to be their arch rivals on log table.
“Mr Trouble Kalua is a well-known Bullets person. Mr Chrispin Sibande is a Silver Strikers person. Both these teams are our direct competitors for the league title this season being on positions two and three. And curiously issues involving teams to which these two are affiliated have not been addressed at all this season,” reads the appeal.
Despite both teams were also fined K1 million each for bringing the game into disrepute, Wanderers argues that the enquiry should not have come up with a verdict.
“We believe Wanderers was judged before the enquiry took place and the decision to postpone the game was made before the hearing took place and this compromised the enquiry”.
“The General Secretary of SULOM apologized to the sponsors for ‘the violence’ in the Daily Times newspaper and when queried in The Nation newspaper said he had to apologize because it is not good when games are ‘postponed’. All this was before the enquiry took place. And we lodged official complaints with SULOM on both occasions.
“It was just an enquiry to establish what had happened as even the enquiry chairperson Mr Sado said in his opening remarks. The next course of action should have been to charge the culprits and summon them for a hearing,” reads the appeal.
Sulom disciplinary body which was chaired by Davis Sad.
The Lali Lubani Road outfit further highlight that Mzuni never reported inside the stadium and never even communicated to Sulom that they were leaving the stadium due to lack of security nor did they request additional security.
“They simply left, totally disregarding the rules and it was now Sulom hunting for Mzuni to get an explanation. Simply put they did not report for the match and should lose the match,” Butao said.
Wanderers argue that there is selective justice:
“Recently one team was involved in actual violence that everybody saw and was given a fully suspended sentence (fine). This time a team is ‘allegedly involved in violence’ and is given a partially suspended sentence. Even though one was a FAM-administered game and the other is a SULOM-administered game the basic rules governing Malawi football are the same. Why is the justice in the selective?
“We believe we deserve 3 points from this game and we should not be punished for allegations. Mzuni should have asked for extra security and played the game under protest if indeed their claims of violence or intimidation are true. We should not set a precedent that will be hard to verify or control.”