EPAC protest over KB’s unruly fans, rue blunders in Malawi Super League

Malawi’s blossoming soccer giants EPAC Football Club  their silly gaffes and lack of goal scoring during recent TNM Super League games saying they have robbed them a respectable position on the log table.

The capital city side, fondly known by their followers as Njenjete za mu Lilongwe, is currently on position 10 with 31 points after playing 23 games.

They are remaining with just five games to wind up the season and the best they can go, if they win all their games, is 46 points with a possible sixth position on the final standings but must pray that others above lost more games.

EPAC FC General Secretary, Roy ‘Abramo’ Mdechi told Nyasa Times his team would have been at a respectable position if they had avoided “kids’ mistakes” during the recent games.

EPAC star player Manyenje in action

EPAC star player Manyenje in action

“I wouldn’t say we have a major problem at the moment. We are still playing our good football but the only disappointment is that we are not scoring as many goals as we should have been due to silly mistakes.

“But we have worked very hard on our weak points and I strongly believe we will never make those silly mistakes again… It was just one of those moments where you slump in form at some point,” explained Mdechi.

The general secretary, who rejoined the club after several months following his resignation, said the technical panel, the coach and players sat down to iron out what they believed were negative forces that led to the club to perform below par.

In their last five games, the team has won thrice against ESCOM (2-1), CIVO (1-0) and Kabwafu (3-0). They have lost once to Azam Tigers with three goals to nil and drawn 0-0 with Kamuzu Barracks.

“It’s just a matter of time before you see us back to our winning tracks. I am assuring all EPAC FC followers that everything is under control and we are not looking back,” said Mdechi, who played as a goalkeeper during his primary and secondary school days in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Nkhotakota.

He humbly conceded that the team were not in contention for this year’s TNM championship but declared demanding time for other teams next season.

Asked his opinion on which team he thought stood a great chance of lifting the league title this season, Mdechi was a bit non committal saying,  “I wouldn’t want to sound like I am biased towards one team but I am putting my money on Silver Strikers or Big Bullets.”

“The two teams have been very impressive as well as consistent throughout the season as compared to the rest of the teams in the league,” he said.

“Of course, on paper the bankers are definitely the number one contenders but no one can count out other strong challengers like Big Bullets. I mean there are always dark horses in every competition that pull upsets,” he said, adding “but I feel no one will stop Silver from defending the league.”

Protest

Meanwhile, EPAC has lodged a complaint to Super League Association of Malawi (Sulom) on the misconduct of Kamuzu Barracks (KB) supporters during their game played Saturday at the Civo Stadium.

According to a letter signed by Mdechi, two of their supporters Mabvuto Osman and a Mr. Ayami were assaulted by a section of Kamuzu Barracks supporters who were seated amongst Kamuzu Barracks supporters on the right side facing the VIP stand.

The letter states that one of the victims, Mabvuto Osman was left with a bruised rib and sought medical attention on the same evening after the game at Kamatenda Clinic in Area 23.

“One of our supporters identified two of the Kamuzu Barracks supporters as Mr. Gapala, a soldier and Emily Mwale also believed to be a soldier as she was in a camouflage trouser and boots,” reads the letter.

In the letter, the club feels KB violated Article 9 Sub Section (1) since being the home team they failed to provide security for Epac supporters as the assault took place while the match was in progress.

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