✓ Lose 2-0 against Silver Strikers in Airtel Top 8 Cup
By Romeo Umali, LILONGWE
The Competitions Committee of the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has officially ruled in favor of Silver Strikers, awarding them a 2-0 victory over Mighty Mukuru Wanderers in the abandoned contentious Airtel Top 8 Cup match on 23 September 2023.
Wanderers were initially found guilty of three offenses, including causing abandonment of a match, failure to control their supporters, and bringing the game of football into disrepute, as stipulated in Article 13 (2) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
Alfred Gunda, Secretary for the competitions and Marketing Committee says Wanderers is now facing financial penalties of Five Hundred Thousand Kwacha for failure to control spectators and Two million Kwacha for bringing the game into disrepute.
Meanwhile, the second leg is set to take place on 25 November 2023 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The controversy surrounding the initial match arose when Wanderers protested and abandoned the game after referee awarded an advantage to Silver Strikers, who subsequently scored through Stain Dave in the 89th minute.
This decision led to the unfortunate incident of supporters throwing water bottle missiles and stadium seats onto the pitch.
Wanderers executives contested their fines and opted to pursue an appeal in the court of law.
Sports Minister, Uchizi Mkandawire inspecting some chairs Wanderers supporters damaged at the Bingu National Stadium.