Be Forward Wanderers say they are paying the price in terms of disciplinary cases for their success and stature as a big team.
Nomads general secretary(GS) Mike Butao was yesterday reacting to Super League of Malawi’s (Sulom) moveto charge the club with four counts of indiscipline during their TNM SuperLeague match against Dwangwa United on December 2 at Chitowe Stadium inNkhotakota.
“We are victims of our own success and stature. Alongside Nyasa Big Bullets, we are probably the biggest casualties in disciplinary cases because authorities feel we have the capacity to pay the fines which they impose,” he said.
The Nomads GS cited a Carlsberg Cup final case whereby Masters Security FC’s disciplinary charges were dropped due to lack of proof.
“And yet, we have been charged with similar offences in the past, but they have never caught any of our registered fan. They just jump to conclusions which is unfortunate and unfair,” he said.
According to a statement of offence from Sulom, signed by general secretary Williams Banda, the Nomads are accused of failing to control the actions of their officials, players and supporters contrary to the league’s rules and regulations.
“Your officials, team manager Stevie Madeira and goalkeepers coach Valence Kamzere, plus players led by [jersey number 2] Bongani Kaipa and [ jersey number 11] Alfred Manyozo Jnr charged upon and attempted to beat up referee Godfrey Nkhakananga after the final whistle who was protected by police and stewards. This led to a fracas,” reads part of the statement.
The Lali Lubani Road outfit is also accused of failing to use designated entry points for officials and players. They are further accused of bringing the league into disrepute.
“The action of Be Forward Wanderers players and officials before kick-off and after the match, forced the officiating crew to be detained on the field of play for 30 minutes and left under police escort,” the statement further reads.
The Nomads have been given 72 hours to respond to the charges accordingly.