31 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:44 AM
More trouble for Wanderers: FA charges Nomads for unsporting behavior
Barely a week after being fined by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for improper conduct during their 1-nil victory over Prison United in the quater-finals of the Carlsberg Cup at Balaka Stadium, Be Forward Wanderers have once again attracted the wrath of the FA after being charged for displaying unsporting behavior during their victory over Mangochi Police in the semi-finals of the cup last week at Kamuzu Stadium.
According to a statement released by the association on Wednesday afternoon, Mighty Wanderers supporters bullied a Mangochi Police goalkeeper George Chauya at half time by pouring him with soup when he was on his way to the dressing room, contrary to article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulation.
“During the above stated match, Mighty Wanderers supporters bullied a Mangochi Police player by pouring him soup in the dressing room tunnel during half time which is contrary to article 24.12 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulation,” reads part of the statement.
The FA also faulted Wanderers for failing to control their own supporters leading to the said unsporting behavior contrary to article 24.1 of the Cup’ rules and regulations.
“During the above stated match, Mighty Wanderers failed to take precautionary measures to control its supporters who invaded the dressing room and tunnel despite being aware and having been advised that they were not allowed to do so. This was contrary to article 24.1 of the Carlsberg Cup Rules and Regulations,” read the other part of the press release.
The country’s mother football body has also found the Nomads guilty of bringing the game of football into disrepute. “The actions of Wanderers supporters resulted in the delay of the second half kickoff as well as negative publicity of the above stated match therefore bringing the game of football into disrepute. In terms of article 24,21 of the Rules and Regulations, the organising committee hereby charges the club accordingly,” concluded the statement. According to the FA, Wanderers have 24 hours to respond to the charges accordingly.
The Nomads eventually won the match 1-nil courtesy of a 16th minute strike from substitute Ishmael Thindwa to seal their place in the final for the second time in a row where they will face Silver Strikers next week at the same venue.