Big Bullets FC General Secretary Higgar Mkandawire has insisted the club is intact and there is no confusion, warding off fears that all was not good at the country’s soccer powerhouse.
However, Mkandawire indicated that a few estranged supporters and officials want to tarnish the image of the club by calling for fresh elections when they do not have any mandate to do so.
The general secretary remarks follow last Wednesday’s fracas where the team’s rival supporters engaged in running battles at their Mandala club House in Blantyre that resulted in some of them getting injured.
Mkandawire declared that no elections would take place just because some few disgruntled supporters want to push for the same.
“There are no elections taking place, those people calling for elections have no powers to do so, actually where were they when the team was struggling all along? We have our own procedures and whoever wants to know should come to us,” he vowed.
But Vice Chairperson of Big Bullets Supporters Committee Isaac Osman, popularly known as ‘Ntopwa 1’ has faulted the club’s Chairman Malinda Chinyama of bringing confusion into the peoples’ team.
Osman said the chairman is in the forefront applying divide and rule tactics in order to create chaos in the team.
On Wednesday, there was a fierce physical confrontation between the two camps that led to the arrest of one supporter who was accused of assaulting another fan from the rival camp.
The bone of contention for the violent clashes was remarks quoted in one of the local dailies by the club chairman to the effect that what Kinna Phiri, a member of the board of trustees, did to dissolve the executive and supporters committee was unprocedural.
This angered the self-separated supporters’ vice chair who took his camp to the club house to protest against Chinyama’s comments.
In a company of over 50 supporters, Osman arrived at the club with showiness and started demanding fresh elections for the executive committee.
Osman shouted that they were bitter with Chinyama’s remarks for describing the board member’s decision as total madness.
“Of course, we appreciate the fact that under the leadership of the current chairman the team has indeed achieved a lot but what we want is justice to prevail.
“We need to move forward because the constitution states clearly that the executive will have elections after every two seasons but the current executive which was elected on an interim basis is clinging in office,” fumed Osman at the club house.
But another camp loyal to the current executive committee led by supporters’ committee secretary Frank ‘Nyau’ Msiska pounced on Osman’s camp before chasing the “disturbing” supporters forcing the club’s workers to temporarily close the premises.
The ugly scenes happened barely a day after two of the club’s legends, South African based Patrick Mabedi and Peter Mponda warned the supporters against acts that could potentially affect the club’s bid for the ultimate Carlsberg Malawi sponsorship.
After about seven years of struggles, the Malawi’s football powerhouse, finally managed to win two trophies and finished the 2012/2013 league on a respected second position.
They missed the top prize on goal aggregate after finishing equal on 57 points with eventual winners and defending champions Silver Strikers.
Big Bullets, who had one of the wonderful seasons in recent times, are on the verge of landing a massive sponsorship from Carlsberg Malawi. Last year, it received K15 million from the company alongside Mighty Wanderers as starter ups for them.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :