27 October 2016 Last updated at: 1:07 PM
Maxi Bullets call it quits: To stop playing games in the league
Bottom in the standings, hefty fine from Super League of Malawi (Sulom), MTV Maxi Bullets owner Max Kapanda was left with no choice but to call it quit saying it’s time to concentrate in music career.
This follows a hefty fine from Sulom for causing abandonment of their TNM Super League match against Epac FC on 8th October 2016 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.
Currently 16th in the standings with 8 points, Max Bullets were leading 1-nil against their opponents but things got worse when Ranken Mwale was fouled and the referee Leo Ngoleka applied all the 17 rules of football when he awarded the home side a free kick.
In the process, just before the free kick was taken, Epac’s Chiletso Zoya kicked the ball into the net and the referee awarded the goal to the home side but this did not please Kapanda, who, according to Sulom’s verdict, ordered his players to leave the field of play just after 20 minutes into the match.
Sulom ordered Max Bullets to pay a fine of K700 000 for violating Article 21.8 of Sulom Rules and Regulations, with Kapanda and Trevor Kajawa being ordered to pay K150 000 each for committing various acts of misconduct after the incident.
And a week after receiving official communication from Sulom, Kapanda has announced that he has withdrawn his team from the top flight with immediate effect.
He told a local radio station that his efforts of promoting football in Malawi are being frustrated by the administrators who are pulling him down despite struggling to raise money for the survival of his team.
“We didn’t cause the abandonment of the match but the one who messed up everything was the referee and I was surprised to receive a letter from Sulom charging my club to pay such a huge fine yet they are very much aware that I struggle to raise money for the survival of the team.”
“My team will no longer play in the top flight because my efforts are being frustrated by the administrators and we have stopped doing our training sessions. It’s time to concentrate on my music career but I am done with football. It’s time to concentrate on other things,” he explained.
This means that Max Bullets will forfeit all their remaining matches as players and the technical panel is nowhere to be seen.
Sulom is yet to comment on the matter.