Army ready to pull out its teams from Malawi Super League

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) says it is ready to pull out its teams from both the TNM Super League and the country’s regional leagues if people feel this is the right way to go in the wake of tensions and bad blood that have developed between military teams and civilians.

We can have our league- Brigadier General Paul Phiri

We can have our league- Brigadier General Paul Phiri

Cobbe Barracks, Changalume Barracks in action during MDF festival football final

Cobbe Barracks, Changalume Barracks in action during MDF festival football final

Accused of harrassing civilans- soldiers from 3MR captured during MDF sports festival

Accused of harrassing civilans- soldiers from 3MR captured during MDF sports festival

Reacting to persistent calls from some quarters for Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to implement the 2009 Lilongwe declaration, which advocated that institutions like MDF should have only one representative in the Super League, MDF’s Chief of Training Brigadier General Paul Phiri said the army was ready to withdraw all its teams from Super League if it was in the interest of the nation.

“We have no problems withdrawing our teams from the Super League and the regional leagues and form our own league if people don’t want our teams in the leagues. But I feel this may not be a good idea because you do not correct a wrong with another wrong.

“Our teams are not in the Super League by chance. They earned promotions into the league and have greatly contributed to the competitiveness of the league, thereby helping in strengthening the Malawi national football team,” said Phiri in an interview with Nyasa Times.

Phiri, who is in charge of sporting activities in the MDF by virtue of his position described the 2009 Lilongwe Declaration as a mere suggestion, which can be taken or not.

On the violence allegedly perpetrated by soldiers at Kamuzu Stadium after the recent TNM Super League match between Surestream and Red Lions, Phiri said: “All we have is hearsay and we are making our own investigations before taking any course of action.

“ We know the football authorities did their investigations and punished our team but we also need to know the root cause of what happened on that particular day.

“We feel there is a problem somewhere. There are things that probably we (the military) are not seeing but we also feel there are issues that the other side has to address,” he said.

The MDF Chief of Training, however, reiterated the military’s strict adherence to discipline.

“Discipline is one of the corner stones for the military job and if we find that some members on our side were in the wrong, we will take action. Similarly, we expected the football authorities to act on those that provoked the situation,” he said.

Following the violence that erupted at Kamuzu Stadium, Sulom fined Red Lions a total of K3.6 million and banned eight players from the military side from taking part in Sulom activities for a maximum period of one year. The players in question were found guilty of assaulting referee Boniface Chapinga after the game.

Chapinga had denied Red Lions three goals apart from awarding two penalties to Surestream, who managed a two-all draw against the soldiers- courtesy of the two penalty kicks.

Despite some indications that the referee influenced the outcome of the match, no action has been taken against the ref, who received total backing from his association.

The violence at Kamuzu Stadium left one soccer fan, Geoffrey Mwale seriously injured. Mwale, was allegedly beaten up by soldiers from MDF’s Chichiri camp, who had come in a Tata truck to rescue Red Lions players from irate ganyu fans, who stoned the players before smashing their team bus.

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103 thoughts on “Army ready to pull out its teams from Malawi Super League”

  1. John Walusa says:

    Tiyeni uko makape ! Mufuna muphe osewera ose.changu tiyeni uko .ndine caigon ku nsaru

  2. Apande yawo adzika thibulana okha okha

  3. Mutulukedi mukapange lig yanu muzika tibulana nokhanokha, oipa inu

  4. Paul says:

    Mukungot atuluke ma refree kukondela too much soldier satuluka munya manyi agalu inu . Iwe Mang’anja ulibe nzeru nyani wa munthu you don’t know that soldier ya lero ndi ya school galu kape wachabechabe ndikuphwanya manyi ako civilian.

  5. hugo says:

    ayambitse league yawo azikasewera ndi achina M23;boko haram,lsis,renamo,

  6. Hass jo says:

    Yendani bwino tulukani

  7. mang'anja says:

    vuto ndi maphunziro awo nanga wa jce,wa 8 ati ndi solder,a general a form 4 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!anthu amenewa anganize zolongosoka.nfunso kodi tchito yawo ndi chani amenewa?kumwa mowa ndikugawa hiv.atuluke atuluke basi alibe tchito ife amatiteteza ndi a police osati zitsiru zolandisa nyanjazi.ndiye ndanva akufuna malipiro akwele anthu osaphunzira ngati inu ndalama mufuna mutani nazooooooooooooooo!

  8. DAMIANO SONGOLO says:

    AMENEWO ATULUKE BASI

  9. Kalizaliza says:

    Let them go in PEACE!!!!! Pls dont reverse ur decision of exit and forming ur own league.

  10. Humphrey says:

    Asilikali akumalawi ndiovuta asilikali abwino Ali paJoni pano ,siuzawapeza zovutitsana ndimunthu ayi.apolice akuJoni ndichimodzi ndi asilikali a kumalawi maabuse

  11. Hardson says:

    Wishing you all the best as you are making your exit.

  12. Naomi Gondwe says:

    Asilikali tulukani please. Ma league angachite bwino popanda inu. TULUKANI, TULUKANI, TULUKANI. TATOPA NANU!

  13. Mbolo Sidwala says:

    I wsh they wthdrew yesterdy. Tatopa nawo, azipita.

  14. Mcdonald says:

    Asilikali asamatiophyeze ,azingosewela mpila basi,nkhondo idawalakwa yoteteza Nyanja ,akaluza azovomeleza

  15. ODZUNA says:

    Mmmm makosana palibe nkhani apa let’s just maintain nkhalidwe basi

  16. Fazajoe says:

    Masewera anji omalowa ndi AK47 mu Ground?????….. Chitani manyazi asilikali…..menyani wamyendo mpira!!!!!!!

  17. shaaaa! says:

    well done Mr brigadier phiri.its high time these folks should learn how to behave kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  18. Che Mandenga says:

    Uyo mukuti kaya Brigadier General yo ndi kape. The issue is about having a representative in the league and not total withdrawal. Paja ku Usilikaliku za sukulu sikwenikweni.

  19. What I knw mostly is that asilikali akumalawi amazitenga ngati akankhala nsilikali ndiye kuti Ali ndimpamvu zomenya kapena kiwompsyeza ma cittizenz which is wrong……..ndiye APA bola ayambiysedi ma league awo azimenyana onkhaonkha….azivala majombo nkukalowa m’bwalo lamasewera…..tinatopa ndiumva ntopola wonyasawu

  20. Markmarkc says:

    wazani palibe kukunyengererani!

  21. To be honest there is no need to have military teams in the elite league. Just mention one top football league which accommodates millitary team? If the answer is no then it’s not necessary to have them in the Super League. Let them form their own league cos any civilian going to watch their games does so on his/her perils.

  22. mwanawamkulu says:

    Khondo yanu ikubwera! Mumalimbana ndi mpira coz mumasowa zocita! Tulukani!

  23. Mbwete mbwete kunya kwa mbuzi says:

    The general says ‘you can’t correct a wrong with a wrong’. I agree with him 100% and I hope it was told to their player before they corrected the ref with a wrong action. If they knew this prior to their actions then they better pack and leave. They are not walkin the talk, they want to civilise civilians whilst they are untrainable bruts. Amadzimva akhale ndi league yawo kumene ya matata, we don’t want them to paint violance at our league.

  24. Lackson Mustafa says:

    Nkhani iliapa ndi yachipolowe.Kodi chipolowecho chinayambika bwanji? Chomwe ndikudziwa ine ndi kumenyedwa kwa Ref. Amene anamenya ref.mpira utatha ndiamene analakwitsa zinthu.If the ref. Was wrong, a proper channel would have been followed to effect a complaint to authorities concerned.

  25. Wati says:

    Get out asilikali mabulutu, aphyuta inu.

  26. nyasa boy says:

    Aaaaaa inu mwayamba xenophobia yampila a galu inu

  27. Jk says:

    Mukuchedwelanji MDF withdraw your teams in superleague do it asap

  28. Again says:

    They don’t teach how to fight there, sort the soldiers out, I did it before at Lake of stars. Somebody was talking no sense and ndinamukwapula makofi. Mbuli

  29. NDANGODUSAMO says:

    Imagine a Super league without Military teams.>Moyale,kamudzu barracks,Red lions,Mafco,Airborne rangers,’Blue eagles'<……………It cant be competitive i bet

  30. Chapweteka says:

    It is very unfortunate that military teams are targetted this far. Tisaiwale kuti ku BLK a game between Wanderers and Silver, munthu anafapo. The launch of Be Foward, panaliso zina zosokonekera. Pakanakhala kuti panali team ya Army pamenepo, sindikudziwa pano zili bwanji/zikanakhala bwanji? Pa za Red Lions ndi Surestream, I dont think inali only military team yomwe inalakwa. I beleive, the other players (lets say, refs, supporters, security, etc) were somehow wrong/contributed to this mess. May be the gravity of the “wrong” might differ. All in all, I agree, on the the bigger part, that it is time for the military to do their own things to pave way to what the whole nation of MALAWI wants. I wish to put the record straight that I dont beleive that MDF cannot produce a national team which can compete with the current national team. I think there is talent in MDF. I AGREE WITH YOU BWANA GEN PHIRI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. ibrahim makwati says:

    ndinu asilikali oteteza zikolathu osati kumati ophyeza ngati ndi inu asilikali opanda khalidwe siyani masewela alionse m dziko muno pangani zausilikali basi dikilani mkhondo ikubwera

  32. DOBO says:

    Asilikaliwa timachita kuwashosha dams chosecho timadziwa amakuntha.Pali masapota Bullets,wandalazi ndi silver imaishosha dala ngati angalimbe.Zotsatira zake amakavula ndi achete.Kumenyedwa kwa ref ndi Nkhani ineyo.Nkhani apa ndi masapota abullet

  33. lightkinky says:

    Ma team onse achisilikali olo atachoka kupatula MAFCO ndi mphunzitsi wake Steario Gondwe, palibe amalankhula zachilungamo ngati Steario. I like this ngakhale ine ndiri wa Bullets (Maulle). Mwa Steario muli upangiri wabwino moti ngati MAFCO inkasowa khalidwe nthawi imeneyo nkuti Steario akumenya kumbuyo kwa Moyale ndipo ndimakumbuka akumagwetsedwa ndi njomba ndi Mapopa Msukwa.

  34. Zondiwe says:

    Soldiers should have their own league and not mixed up with civilians.
    There will be endless squabbles if there is this mixture.
    Many years ago, the University Football Club had a game with the Red Lions at Cobbe Barracks in Zomba. When the University scored, even the Army wives participated in beating up the University supporters using umbrellas. We had to abandon the match and run for dear life.
    Let the leagues be segregated, and you will see some semblance of peace returning to football in Malawi.

  35. Greencardless Malawian says:

    GOOD RIDDANCE!

  36. George phiri says:

    I find this issue fascinating not because its a nice story but rather strange because its like noone knows what caused the violence.
    Speaking like any soccer lover, it always pains me to see the kind of shield referees get. The saying that referees decision is final has left so much dent in football. Remember what happened for Carlesberg to stop sponsoring the cup? It was Kaliyoto Ngosi. Referees need to be desciplined just like the waker who was fined and banned at Afcon games.
    Secondly, its no question army teams like descipline. I have watched games at Mzuzu stadium and Zomba community grounds, in these two grounds you cant support your team because they not only slap you but also beat you to death.
    Can I therefore plead with MDF to see black as black. Football authorities should also descipline referees for our game to move forward.

  37. Adam christon Masamba says:

    Kodi m’khalidwe umenewu asilikariwa auyamba liti? No maani..why these soldiers are doing and are showing bad behaviour of like this, to the football? Be showing to some people good example, like u re soldiers. Football its not war! Winn and lose.Go well, when u are going to start new life to another league. Bye bye we shall seen!

  38. Beloved says:

    Indeed pulling out is not the solution. Pa chichewa pali mau kumaona chatsitsa dzaye kuti njovu ithyoke nyanga, basi.

  39. claxi says:

    iwexo bwali et!

  40. shangingo says:

    most unfortunate that the brigadier is rushing out to pulling out of the league instead of assuring us that he will discipline his boys. whilst we do appreciate that the soldiers have not come into league by chance , but the brigadier should also take into consideration that it is the lack of football sponsorship on the other civilian teams that has paved a way for these military teams into the top flight league, it is not actually that their teams are good but rather because of the fact that they do enjoy good sponsorship therefore able to fulfill all their matches.
    Looking at the situation of our country now, we may still need the teams in the league but request that the soldiers should be more disciplined and embrace true sportsmanship. Football is just a game and watched by many innocent citizens just seeking for fun therefore it is most unfortunate that our soldiers do not take it as a mere sport where one loses and one wins. To be a military team does not warrant or guarantee them to a winning status all times. My memory from back to early eighties flashes to me a lot of violent scenes caused by these military teams, mainly MAFCO ( KMC ) by then and KB ( Chiwoko ) and it seems these two Barracks are still undisciplined to date. If this continues may I suggest that FAM should limit up to maybe 3 teams only into the supper league. and also impose stiffer punishment to them. Some of us stopped going to the stadium because of the too many ugly and violent scenes happening there and we cant be running and being tossed around and get hurt because of watching these substandard football matches . Something has to be done now

  41. zilipo says:

    This Brigadier is a dim bulb. I can’t believe this is coming out of someone of such high position/authority. Aren’t these people trained in PR skills?

  42. ToyB wakungozdi says:

    mukufuna kutionengera mbiri pa soccer?Muzikankhala m’matenti mumankhalamo uku mukudya nyembazo.ine kudabwa puleya akulowa ndijombo mgilaundi uzawi chichi?hahahahaha alonda apezeka bwanji pabwalo lazamasewero?maiko ena asilikali amapatsidwa ulemu chifukwa chosapezeka paliponse koma kwanthu kuno bwanji?mtendere ophatikizana ndi upmhawiwu eti.ngati mukufuna nkhoindo mundiwuze ndili connected ndi bokko hallam ndikumane kusenga bay asilikali nose mukachita makani musandiyiwale kuti ndine wayinkata yemwe ndidamusenda nzanu ngati chinangwa uja.kkkkkkk ndikumangani mumpango nonse

  43. viclaxi says:

    the best z dat kungochoka dat shit league…kukamutenga muthu wakumuzi uko kuxayimbira mpira mkuno!

  44. Kalithera says:

    Amenewa angotulukadi, palibe angawasowe. Akajoine Joyce Banda Cashgate leauge. Chifukwa ndiamene amazitamizira mbava zimenezi. Ngakhale mu National team yatenga Plate Cup munali wawo mudzi yekha Golo boyi amene analuzisa ndi Mozambique .makape tulukani munaona ma player akufuna kumenya Ref. Ku Cosafa yathayi . Zitsiru

  45. Achigude says:

    The Ref’s unproffesionalism is the root cause of the havoc…….+ soldiers are not the first to cause such a havoc….

  46. peter says:

    We have some rotten eggs in our esteemed armed forces. I always remember an incident that occurred 10 yrs ago while at Dowa grounds when some naughty soldiers (2) bullied me for a crime only these creature understood. There was a match between the army and the police and unfortunately the army were losing.
    The vivid picture of trauma I went through testifies that ‘ m’dya (wakudya) makoko saiwala’. So guys let us treat each other well, otherwise there is always a price for whatever we do and you might be asked to pay the price at the moment you least expected!

  47. Petulo says:

    Ndipo nobody wants u. Muyende bwino.

  48. Connell papa pee says:

    Achoke amenewa busy mpira basi mmalo molondera dziko

  49. Substitute supporter says:

    FAM must discipline referees
    General brigadia must discipline their soldiers (players)

  50. mbuya says:

    Kodi mumaona ngati timakuopani? muyerekezenso kuchita zomwe munapanga ndi sure stream kupangira Bullets, Wanderers or Tigers…muzafera pa kamuzu stadium simuzatukamo ndipo aku chichiri camp wo tizaona mothanirana nawo…..Without guns we can finish u all ngati simukudziwa…anyapala ogulisa nyanja….

  51. Achalume says:

    The best is to pull out of the league.Koma chomwe muti mudziwe ndi choti munayiwala kuti Wanderers ndi Silver Strikers anapanga ma vilolence pa Balaka mpaka wina lost life nothing happened.They will pull out but civilian teams will regret.Kuzakhala umphawi wa zaoneni mu Super League.Komanso ma player a MDF have nothing to lose because all of them are fully employed.Shame.

  52. mulibwanji? says:

    This Brigadier is nonsense. Now I know where this indiscipline is originating from. Instead of acknowledging the mistake and caution his ideots, he is busy making judgemental and challenging statements.
    Think twice Mr Brigadier and talk tough to these stupid Chichiri Camp boys. We have the powers to retaliate but our priority is peace. Do not tempt us to put off our “patience shoes”

  53. hendrina says:

    let MDF pull their teams. No more football playing for the soldiers. They shud concentrate kuvina pelete basi.

  54. henz says:

    mkuluyi asayankhule mwakunya moti ayankhule mwau proffessional angamayankhule za umwanazi instead of saying we will look into it nkumati atuluka mu league ,it shows that the soldiers are being told to behave this way kwathu kuno timawalekelela kwambiri asilikali kutimenya zimathela momwemo mmaiko anzathu na msilikali kuika dzanja pa iwe ndi mulandu plus fine asilikali have yo lead by example not akuyankhula mkuluyi zoduka mutu

  55. opportunist says:

    These guys lack discipline

  56. SOOTH SAYER! says:

    GO IN PEACE AND FORM UR LEAGUE 2 BE PLAYED IN JUNGLE AND WATCHED BY UR FAMILY MEMBERS AND REBELS!

  57. Siddy man says:

    Achulukadi mpaka ma team 5 kuti chini, nyanja anatilanda iwo angolimbana ndi mpira za ziiiiiiiiiiiiii.

  58. worried man says:

    The Malawi Army soldiers are very disciplined. It is the non soldiers playing in their teams that taint the image of the Army. We still need the teams to interact with civilians but those that start commotions should be punished by the Army in accordance with their work ethics.

  59. KUCHITEKETE says:

    MWATI AVALA JACKET YAPAKAUNJIKA APAWO NDI A BRIGADIER!!!!!???…NKUONA SAKULANKHULA ZA NZERU. MMALO MOTI MUTIUZE KUTI YOU ARE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE VERY STRICT DISCEPLINE CONDITIONS TO ALL YOUR TEAMS SO THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER GET INVOLVED IN FURTHER MISSBEHAVIOURS AT FOOTBALL MATCHES YOU ARE BUSY ISSUING SILLY THREATS. MIND YOU YOU RUN ON OUR TAXES WE EXPECT BETTER THINGS FROM YOU. ALREADY SPONCERSHIPS ARE AT BIG RISK OF BEING WITHDRAWN BECOZ OF BAD BEHAVIOUYRS OF TEAMS LIKE YOURS LET ALONE TO TELL YOU THAT SOME OF US EVEN NOW HAVE VOWED NEVER TO GO TO STADIUM TO WATCH FOOTBALL BECOZ OF HOW INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS IT IS NOW BE THERE DUE TO ILL MANNERED TEAMS LIKE YOURS. YOU DESERVE SIFFER PUNNISHMENTS YOU GOOD FOR NOTHING PIGS.

  60. Olobodoka says:

    Army kaya mumati Apolice kaya alonda simuyenera kumenya mpira mulibe ulemu mumayambisa ndewu kumasewera ampira kodi inu ndinu ndani out ndati muli ndimphamvu zikalimbanani nawo omwe akufuna kutilanda nyaja aja ndipo sitikufunaniso mu super Leagiemu stupid……

  61. vendor says:

    violence has been a problem in Malawi football its not the MDF alone. it bad to blame the army alone, other teams are violent at well. so check work to discipline all the teams and supporters. my opinion is the solution is not to withdraw. ma Ref nawo are equally to blame for poor officiation

  62. diks says:

    Cashgate ndi mpira its different that fool comment

  63. Tchende says:

    Ndimwe a chimndele a No. 12. Odillo walakwa chiani pa nkhani iyi. Can you fool prove to Malawians kuti Odillo anaba? Don’t anger us soldiers. Pachiphwisi pako.

  64. CHEJALI says:

    Army ya umbuli ngati iyi sinayiwone agang’athi enieni awa.

  65. Jimmy juga says:

    For the nation sake atuluke. Akuononga mpila. Azimaenyana okhaokha.

  66. Tsamba Likagwa says:

    Whether the Ref was wrong or not, physical assult has to be stopped. This is not torelated even in the house, even at the pub, even at the military training college. So, Brigadier Phiri, please let the perpetrators be brought to justice and then make an official complaint to SULAM on the quality of the referee. Thats football. Zikomo.

  67. El-Jay1 says:

    I’m quite surprised that the honorable brigadier’s first reaction is to declare that his teams are ready to pull out. It seems he does not take the shameless, undisciplined behavior of his boys seriously, and that to him the options are either the teams continue with their barbaric antics or they withdraw and do their own thing. He talks about carrying out investigations to establish who was in the wrong (really?) but only because he has been asked about the issue, not because there is a commitment on the army’s side to do so. I fear for the days ahead as long as the army thinks they can terrorise with impunity the nation they exist to serve and protect.

  68. Think Tank says:

    Hehehehe,my Brigadier, you are slightly shooting off the target. Sort out the discipline issue with your soldiers. Tell them that out of uniform they become fully blown Malawians. It is as if they lack who to fight with so they try it on civilians in the name of “sports”,sir. It is an administrative issue. Tell them the meaning of discipline is to be displined all the time and not only saluting seniors.

  69. these guys they neva went in the war .thus why they behave stupid. lets fight with tanzania may be you wl be desciplined

  70. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Brigadier, You must have said this out of anger or pressure. I have different views here. I am glad that army teams have added more salt to super league. Teams have to develop physical fitness. not to break other players legs but to keep them Fit. most of other teams players are weak and need to do more work to keep them Fit. This is why Malawi teams give away games towards the end of the games. What is required here is sports man ship and discipline for both supporters and team players. Other wise other teams also will have to leave super league. Example Big bullets , Silvers strikers have all been involved in similar situations.
    Finally don,t leave the league but discipline the teams and continue playing good competitive football.

  71. Asilikali akenso osasamba , machende awo onse !!!!!!!!!! Nyamako samathanso kusewera mpila konse koma kuba mowa akaluza masewero basi .

  72. Lupanga says:

    Intimidation too much during military games! KU CHITOWE KU DEDZA NKHAZA ZOKHAZOKHA

  73. Prophet says:

    mukuchedwa kutuluka. siyani pompano tisachite kuthamangisana agalu inu. mwatikwana. shupiti zanu

  74. Namatchaitsa says:

    You see the attitude of this foolish brigadier? No wonder ku army konse discipline idatha. Kwatsala ndi kuba, kugwilira mahule, kumenya innocent civilians, ndi zina zosakhala bwino zotero!

    An army full of cowards that can not even stand up and defend our lake!

    Ingosiyani!

  75. Zuna says:

    ARMY SHOULD LEAVE SOCCER TO CIVILIANS, if they want to get involved in soccer then all players should not be soldiers but civilians. they can sponsor a team but it should not use soldiers as players. However I think they should leave the league as their supporters are the ones causing chaos.

  76. shaft yaikulu says:

    imagine, beating up the very people that feed you and clothe you through taxes. there has never been and there will never be any war in this country so your organisation is redundant. you should all be transferred to the police because those guys really work for their pay.

  77. ujeni says:

    Just leave mxiiiiiii! Most of the players in these army teams are there only for football. leave the league and they also leave. We dont need thugs in camouflage pretending to be soldiers.

  78. Uchindami says:

    Ndikugwirizana ndi zomwe akunena a Brig. Gen Paul Phiri chifukwa zikuoneka kuti matimu achisilikari akudedwa kwambiri. Ngati nduna yowona zamasewero yasundukanso oweluza wina oposera SULOM ponena kuti Red Lions ayitchotse mu ligi izi zikuonetsa kuti matimuwa sakufunikadi. Zomwe zidachitika pa Kamuzu Stadium komanso kunja kwake nzoyipa kwambiri ndipo sizifunikanso ku masewero a mpira. Olandira chilangao adapatsidwa koma pali gulu lina lomwe lidachitia zambiri zoyipa kumpira monga kulowa opanda kulipira komanso kugenda ndi kuphwanya basi ya Red Lions. Koma mpaka pano palibe yemwe wagwidwapo ndi kulandira chilango. Koma matimu achisilikari akachoka mu ligiyi mpikisano udzachepelapo ndithu.

  79. MIKE (mchewa weniweni) says:

    thats good idea, pull out please!
    remain in your waork station and wait for peace keeping where you can show you are strong enough and not in football.

  80. Dr Moo Tha Leeker says:

    Brigadier Phiri, spare a day and cheer Mwale @ Queens Central Hospital then you will understand calls being made by some quarters for army teams to have their own league. Why beating an innocent guy like that! And chances are if he gets concious, it will be by grace of God and his condition will be vegetative. Shame. Iwe Phiri, think if it was your son?

    Why soldiers behave animalishly? Mxiiii. Yambanidi yanu league.

  81. Joseph Moyo says:

    Pulling out of Super League is not an option. The teams contribute to Malawi Soccer development and exposes hidden talent. What is important is the discipline of the players. This is a sport where one wins or lose and there are rules set to follow when wronged. By playing football the Army promotes interaction with the civilians and by misbehaving it just promotes hatred. I once played in Police team where we used to intimidate opponets in those days and enjoyed it which clearly that we planned it. It just takes one commanding officer to be serious with discipline. Otherwise mulimbikire boxing

  82. Elias says:

    Dont pull ,the door is arleady wide open for these military teams to go!!

  83. Vyapasi says:

    The Lilongwe Declaration should be revisited as a matter of urgency. Actually the MDF should completely withdraw their participation in the leagues. I have SERIOUS RESERVATION with the discipline of the so called the Malawi army. Brigadier General Paul Phiri should first discipline his boys and girls. If not SULOM should slap these MDF football teams with a 99 year ban from participating.
    The army has failed to discipline them and therefore it remains the sole duty of SULOM to do so and as soon as possible. MDF has many teams and they can afford to play one another in the confines of their barracks.
    I cannot imagine what these soldiers would do to the citizens of this country in time of turmoil. THEY MUST GO NOW!!!

  84. ZZ Junior says:

    Our soldiers have evolved from being soldiers to footballers and osathanso for that matter. Army teams are not there for competitions rather keeping fit. so it is only proper to have one army team in the super league and the rest act as feeder teams. Azimenyana okha okha.

  85. Karonga Boy says:

    Apite Azikalondera Nyanja,zampirazo Ayi!Army Yanji Yopanda Khalidwe.

  86. Macdonald Nkhonjera says:

    I am against the statement of the brigadier. MDF teams should show an example of displine. Blood suckering should not be tolerated in the field of playing. Investigating of wrong doings should not take too wrong.. You give us wrong signal to us. Moreover we are one of the great family of our land though we don’t have guns.

  87. hon says:

    Army has got 5 teams out of 15 super league so u can see the importance. Ma Ref mukumayimbila mopusa nthawi zina.

  88. kheza says:

    Thats very good news, atuluke tinatopa nawo kalekale ife. Amafuna tidziwaopa ngati ndani, std 7 chaps.

  89. grinzo50 says:

    To say the least the soldiers that are being recruited these days luck discipline. They do not know how to draw the line between being a soldier and a civilian. Our men in uniform of old were more disciplined than these days. You would hardly see any soldier involved in violence. Its a shame that it is happening like this these days. Again pulling out is not a solution rather discipline your soldiers.

  90. Namatchaitsa says:

    Zonsezi ndi chifukwa cha cashgate ya Odillo, Kafuwa ndi Msonthi!

  91. Jag says:

    Muchoke kumene mukayambitse league yanu mwatikwana agalu inu

  92. thinktankmalawi says:

    Yes get out….you are a disgrace…your teams makes the wholesale army look small,showing hostility to people they are supposed to protect all because of sport???…so yea get out. .quick…showing full force to unarmed people? What a shame….so please,get out..the soonest

  93. Chipapwiche says:

    Withdrawing MDF teams won’t be a solution to this problem as the brigadier has rightly said. MDF teams have made the league so competitive a thing that has helped to improve football in Malawi. The issue of violence is not common to games involving MDF teams only. The violence that erupted at Balaka stadium resulting in the death of one supporter didn’t involve MDF teams just to cite an example. We need to address the causes and not dealing with effects. If Malawi football is failing to progress,its because of the referees. These have been given so much freedom that they think they can do what they want. Most of them are not even competent enough to officiate super league games apart from others demonstrating high levels of favouritism. Looking back you would see how referees conduct has affected Malawi football. Remember the withdrawal of Carlsberg Cup. I vividly recall what Caps United Assistant Coach said during a tournament with bullets when they played at Kamuzu Stadium. He said,”if this team wants to progress in CAF,it should take referees from Malawi.” Hope we understood what he meant. This greatly shows how our referees have contributed to our disappointing performance at international level. Its time the football authorities addressed the issue of referees in Malawi. These are supposed to be punished severely if found in the wrong and that will help the others become professional. I still recall Kafatiya’s confessions on Bullets. Yes,how Kalyoto Ngosi frustrated Wanderers. How Dennis Nguluwe flashed red card to Gaba in most of Bullets games he officiated.We want MDF teams in our leagues,Brigadier Phiri. What is needed is that MDF should check the discipline of its players as football authorities are looking into the issue of referees. Together,we can and violence will be a thing of the past. The Referees Association,please open your ears to the concerns of other stakeholders. Stop backing your refs when in the wrong especially Mr Alfred Chasowa in the South. We know how miserably you performed as a ref and your comments do not amuse us at all. However,this is not about you or your colleagues,its about Malawi football.

  94. dreamteam says:

    DO WE REALLY NEED THE ARMY? WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY CONTRIBUTE NOTHING TO THIS COUNTRY.

    DO WE REALLY NEED THE ARMY?

  95. mh says:

    dzimapanda dzanthu idzi i rmber final ya top8 at civo odatipanda kwabasi,amakalanso mmene akupandidwila nseu wa mitundu eeeh sizinaoneke.let them pull out en form league yao adzikapandana okhaokha..

  96. mdabwii says:

    Bullies. Achoke achoke achoke. Alaaaa. Just because you go running/ jogging mu mchesi mutinyanse? Mbuzi inu

  97. Kwenikweni says:

    Good for the fans.

  98. mwaulula says:

    Well spoken Brig Phiri.spot on without beating the bush.if the general public wants army teams out,yes remove all of them from all leagues and discipline the perpetrators of violence if found after through investigations.the army teams have indeed contributed much to the beutiful game in malawi and if a decision to remove them from the national league is made,the absence will be felt by all us soccer loving malawians.let the authorities consider all relevant factors before acting.

  99. peter muthanyula says:

    Achoke basi. They should take their savagery to their own league. Atitopesa anthu amenewa

  100. ATULUKEMO KUMENE APITE AKAYAMBITSE MA LEAGUE AWOWO ZOPUSA IFE AYI

  101. Honest says:

    If the ref was also on the wrong, was beating Mwale a solution? Vuto ndiloti asirikaliwa kuzikonda. Umunthu umakusowani, mumafuna tizikuopani which is not to be so.

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