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FAM Tipped on Controlling Violence at the Stadium

Former Football Association of Malawi (FAM) chief executive officer, Charles Grandmaster Nyirenda says investing in the supporter's security network has the possibility of ending violence during arch-rival matches.

Nyirenda told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that apart from pre-match supporters sensitization, they were strategically placing security network in the stands at the stadium to observe and quell such situations.

"What I did when I went to FAM from 2008 to 2011, I formed what was called Supporter's Security Network. We brought together all supporters of the clubs to form that group to manage the security in the stands by standing where the supporters are.

He added: "now they have introduced the bouncers but they don't have influence whatsoever".

"We also used to have a series of sensitization meetings with the supporters in the ticket selling points prior to the games on the dos and don'ts," he added.

This comes after the FAM has fined Mighty Mukuru Wanderers K24 million for various offences surrounding the ill-fated Airtel Top 8 Cup season six match against Silver Strikers which left about 239 chairs damaged at Bingu National Stadium a fortnight ago.

FAM has also issued a four month suspension to grade one referee, Godfrey Nkhakananga for failing to control the match.

Veteran footballer, Peterkins Beruit Kayira has since advised supporters to control their emotions and understand the outcome of every matches.

"What is needed is for the characters that are watching the football to control emotions and understand that there are results that come in; a win, a loss and draw," Kayira said.

Meanwhile, on Thursday Wanderers announced that it has sought an appeal against the findings and determinations of the FAM's Competitions committee which faulted the club for abandoning a match.

Board members of the club have told journalists in Blantyre that FAM erred in law, hence requesting the order and hefty sanctions on the club to be set aside.

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