Sulom has announced that its appeals committee will tomorrow [Tuesday] come up with a verdict on the appeals filed by Silver Strikers and Mighty Wanderers against the decision by the league’s disciplinary committee on the football violence that occurred in Balaka three weeks ago.
The Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Disciplinary Committee banned Silver and Wanderers for eight and five months respectively from all football activities. The Bankers were also slapped with a K2.95 million (about $7 375) fine while the Nomads were fined K700 000 (about $1 750).
Sulom general secretary Williams Banda said the appeals committee was expected to go through the appeal from yesterday to later today in Zomba.
“The hearing will be a closed-door session and the verdict will be ready on Tuesday,” said Banda.
Silver want Sulom to conduct fresh investigations into the matter.
“Our main argument is that the punishment was harsh because the initial hearing was done in a hurry. So, we are saying there is need for thorough investigations. If we are to be charged it has to be based on facts and not hearsay,” said the club’s chairperson McDonald Mafuta-Mwale.
On the other hand, Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda argues that the punishment was faulty as the findings by the disciplinary committee were that Silver caused the violence that led to the fracas and, eventually, the abandonment of the game.
At the time the match was abandoned, Silver were leading 1-0 through Chawanangwa Kaonga’s goal.