Karonga, Silver punished

Karonga Vs Silver Strikers FC
  • Karonga assistant coach, team manager banned

The fracas that erupted at Karonga Stadium in a TNM Super League match involving Karonga United and Silver Silver last month did not go unnoticed, as the two sides have been slapped with fines by the Super League of Malawi.

Following a determination made by the Sulom disciplinary committee, led by chairperson Ahmed Mussa, Karonga have been slapped with a K2.5 million fine for four counts of failing to control the actions of its players, officials and supporters contrary to article 21(2) of the Sulom Rules and Regulations; the failure to provide adequate security to the match officials, visiting team and spectators; and causing the abandonment of the match and the Forth count was of bringing the game of football into disrepute.

Silver Strikers were charged with malicious confrontation of match officials and fined K500,000. 

Karonga have also been warned against further misconduct especially at their backyard, which may lead to the ban on both the team and the venue.

They have also been ordered to maintain the property that was damaged during the fracas, including three vehicles belonging to Silver Strikers.

Karonga assistant coach, Oscar Kaunda, and team manager, Wilberforce Longwe have also partaken of the punishment.

Kaunda has been banned until the end of the season, while Longwe is banned for six official matches for confronting assistant referee Samuel Fudzulani, which Sulom thinks incited the violence. 

The determination means Silver Strikers have been awarded three points and two goals win against Karonga United.

Sulom has also recommended that the National Referees Association suspend Kayira and Fudzulani for their failure to stamp authority which led to the violence. 

Kayira made headlines when she awarded Karonga a penalty and later changed to a free-kick after consulting Fudzulani, before she changed her decision again to a penalty.

The teams protested her decision, and she ended up crying in the field of play.

Despite being awarded a goal and points, the Bankers have equaled Nyasa Big Bullets on the log table in terms of goals, and points, but the latter still lead on alphabetical order.