Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has charged Silver Strikers with nine counts of misconduct during their FDH Bank Cup quarter-final match against Nyasa Big Bullets at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe last week.
Bullets’ chief executive officer (CEO) Suzgo Nyirenda has also been charged with misconduct.
In a letter dated August 25 2021, FAM accuses the Reserve Bank of Malawi sponsored outfit’s supporters and players of insulting FAM and match officials.
The Central Bankers’ supporters are also accused of beating up Bullets officials, including director responsible for supporters Stone Mwamadi, who is also the team’s supporters committee chairperson and secretary Mabvuto Chibambo.
Silver are further accused of beating up FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka and sprinkling urine on Nyasa Big Bullets players and team officials at half time.
Reads part of the charge sheet: “Silver Strikers FC supporters, led by one Mulo Makina, provoked Nyasa Big Bullets FC supporters and engaged in violent conduct towards them.
“Silver Strikers FC [also] failed to control the influx of their supporters into the stadium by opening the gates and allowing fans into the stadium which is against the FAM Covid-19 regulations on playing behind closed doors.”
They are further accused of failing to prevent their supporters from invading the dressing room area where they stopped Bullets players and officials from accessing their dressing room at half time.
The team is also accused of “failing to provide information regarding the names of the supporters who, together with one Mulo Makina, were involved in misconduct during the match”.
Silver chief executive officer Thoko Chimbali yesterday said he had not yet seen the charges.
On Nyirenda, FAM states: “During the said match, as a Nyasa Big Bullets FC official, you persistently insulted FAM officials and opponents.”
But the Bullets CEO said he has asked FAM to produce recorded evidence.
“I am ready for the disciplinary hearing and, hopefully, they will produce the evidence,” he said.
In the letters to both Silver and Nyirenda, signed by general secretary Alfred Gunda, FAM says that: “Accordingly, you are invited to provide the secretariat of FAM with your position in relation to the charges attached herewith, within 48 hours of this notification.”