FA Malawi awaits match report on Wanderers/Eagles game violence

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) says it is waiting to get an official report from the refereeing personnel on reports that some Mighty Wanderers fans were involved in violence after their team’s defeat to Blue Eagles on Saturday before it takes action.

Primary reports indicate that a section of Wanderers fans resorted to rioting in reaction to their team’s exit from the Carlsberg Cup following their 2-3 loss at the hands of Blue Eagles in Balaka. The incident is said to have left one Policeman badly injured.

FAM Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda said in an interview Monday that the association is awaiting a report from the match commissioner on the match which will determine the next course of action.

“Indeed we have been informed informally that they were some sort of violence on Saturday in Balaka but as you know, we do not act on such reports. Once we have been furnished with a full report, we will come to make our stance on the matter,” said Nyirenda.

Nyirenda: Yet to make a decision

But the Nomads General Secretary David Kanyenda has distanced his team from any involvement in the violence saying if anything of that nature happened on the day of the game, it did not happen in the name of Nomads.

“We are not party to that, we lost the game and it was not the first time that we have lost a game and we have never resorted to violence. We were booted out of the Presidential cup by Bvumbwe, we have lost some games in the league but did you hear that our supporters have gone rioting?” said Kanyenda.

According to Kanyenda the incident could have been championed by some people who took advantage of the situation to create chaos under the guise of the team’s loss to advance their own ill agendas.

“The reaction by our team’s supporters after our game was that they went home disappointed. If that was the case, then why were the Eagles players and the referees spared of the attack? Those are just individuals who want to tarnish the image of our team,” said Kanyenda.

Meanwhile, the FAM CEO has indicated they will meet before this week ends to make a determination on the violence that occurred in Mzuzu three weeks ago when Big Bullets supporters went on rampage when their team was booted out of the same cup by Eagle Strikers.

Reports of violence at football matches are on the rise again after the FAM looked to have won over the confidence of the cooperate world with more companies showing more willingness to sponsor the game.

Carlsberg Malawi have just come back into football sponsorship after they pulled out in the early 2000 when violence broke out during the final game between Bullets and Wanderers at Kamuzu stadium which left a lot of property damaged and several people injured.

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