As Ghana and South Africa started their campaign in the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup in Uruguay on Tuesday, a storm of massive proportions is brewing in Malawi regarding women football.
And it is not that people are concerned that the country from the “Warm heart” of Africa has failed to qualify for the global tournament, rather, it is because of a highly contentious score in a local match that has left organizers red-faced!
Ntopwa Super Queens FC needed to close a 10-goal deficit to stand any chance of toppling Blantyre Zero from the summit and win the championship. But the adventurous and enterprising Ntopwa went on to beat Chikwawa Queens 43-0 in the final match to be crowned champions!
The 43-goal deluge has sparked controversy with Chikwawa’s coach and owner Arnold Mwatha lodging a complaint with the Football Association of Malawi (FAM), claiming that he did not send a team to play against Ntopwa, but was surprised to learn that they had lost by a cricket score-line.
According to newspaper reports in Malawi, Mwatha is accusing Ntopwa of match-fixing and wondered how his team could lose by such a margin when they lost only 2-0 in the first round.
“I, therefore, write to know which players were used and which mode of transport was used. In addition, I wonder who would have been be responsible if anything bad [accident] had happened to the players and who coached the team. I do not accept the results of the game because I suspect something fishy happened.”
FAM President Walter Nyamilandu Manda will have to instruct the Disciplinary Committee chairperson Kingsley Simbeye to launch a match-fixing investigation into the matter.