Seven hundred thousand Malawi Kwacha was all Hellings Mwakasungula needed to betray and sell the country to the enemy.
Just hours after FIFA, imposed a lifetime ban on former Malawi and Silver Strikers midfielder Hellings Mwakasungula for a match fixing scandal, it has been revealed that the world’ soccer governing body will investigate Malawi’s defeat to Angola at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Flames opened their account with a 3-0 win over Algeria but lost 2-0 to Angola, who hosted the tournament.
Now FIFA is investigating Angola’s opening goal as it is believed that there was controversy surrounding the goal.
It has been reported that Mwakasungula, who was a key player during Malawi’s qualification campaign and at the tournament, was communicating with agent Leonel Duarte from as far as 2008 to 2010 to influence Flames’s results in Angola.
According to inside sources, Duarte made a confession after he was implicated in another betting syndicate after his emails were accessed by FIFA.
It has also been revealed that the deal was to find a club for the former Flames player in Angola and he was paid US$1000 (about K730,000).
Before slapping him with the ban, Mwakasungula was notified by FIFA who attached all the emails he was using to communicate with Duarte.
Surprisingly, Mwakasungula failed to defend himself and he never responded to the emails from the soccer governing body.
He has been banned together with eight others who were also found guilty of the same offense.
FIFA is also investigating nine players who were part of the squad.
The ban comes barely a month after he was employed by Silver Strikers as one of the technical panel members.