Sports council steps in on fraud gate incidents

Madise

The Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has stepped in on recent fraud gate incidents by instituting a task force to investigate and come up with possible strategies.

This follows an incident where Nyasa Big Bullets accountant Jeremiah Mwagomba's suspension after being implicated in a gate fraud scandal at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre when Bullets played Mighty Tigers.

In April, six people were arrested after stealing K437,000 from a match between Wanderers and Sable Farming.

A statement signed by Sports Council Chairperson, Sunduzwayo Madise says the initiative has among others being placed to investigate issues and come up with a comprehensive strategy and framework of arresting the vice.

“Once approved by the council, the strategy and framework will become the operating guidelines for gate collections at football matches.

“The council will further modify the strategy and framework for use in other sports disciplines,” read the statement 

Some of the taskforce members include Richard Nyirongo MNCS Councillor, Jameson Ndalama Ministry of Youth and Sports Director, Alfred Gunda FAM General Secretary, Malinda Chinyama Treasurer of TNM Super League, Ireen Mkoko Kamuzu stadium manager, Gary Chirwa, Sports journalist and Henry Mereka MNCS Executive secretary.

Meanwhile, sports analyst George Chiusiwa has credited the initiative to be a progressive action by MNCS.

“While such a strategy will be a welcome administrative and strategic blueprint in managing gate collections, we have to be cautious not to negate the criminal elements associated with football gate revenue, fraud and theft,'' he said.