The dust is refusing to settle between civilian and military teams in the TNM Super League following a joint complaint from giants Mighty Be Forward Wanderers and Big Bullets to Sulom on Kamuzu Barracks (KB) conduct during matches at Dedza Stadium.
In a letter addressed to Sulom general secretary dated May 25 2015 which Nyasa Times has in possession, the Nomads complained that their players were subjected to violent acts and intimidation by KB players.
The complaint was lodged after Wanderers drew with KB 1-1 a week ago at the Dedza Stadium.
“Our players were repeatedly punched in off the ball incidents during this game in full view of both the referee and his assistants. Particularly targeted, were our strikers Lionel Asu who was punched in the face and left in tears and Jabulani Linje who was punched twice in the face and elbowed once in the neck.
“The referee did not issue even a single card to the offenders, not even a verbal warning. This so incensed our supporters that they almost invaded the pitch,” reads part of the letter, which was signed by Nomads general secretary Mike Butao.
Butao claimed that every time the referee blew against KB, he was mobbed and almost manhandled by KB players.
He said this intimidated the referee and influenced almost his every decision in KB’s favour.
Butao also wondered why there were also uniformed army personnel at the gates.
“Such behaviours is what provokes genuine football loving fans into reacting against the perpetrators,” reads the letter.
The complaint comes two weeks, after Big Bullets through their technical director Billy Tewesa threatened not to honour their fixtures against KB for alleged similar acts.
The Nomads have advised Sulom to stop KB from using Dedza stadium.
Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba Banda confirmed with the Nation on Sunday to have received a complaint letter from Wanderers and verbal complaint from Bullets on the matter.
Banda warned that if such malpractice continues they will take action through their populous ‘red army’ support base.
This is not the first time for KB players to be involved in unruly behavior during matches because in October 2013, a Kamuzu Barracks player Ben Hojan kicked a ball boy Solomoni Mnyoza during their game against Big Bullets at Kamuzu Stadium.
The ball boy sustained head injuries after being scanned at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
A few weeks ago another military out-fit Red Lions was also involved in unruly behavior at Kamuzu Stadium when they drew 2-2 against Sure Stream.
Some Red Lions players manhandled the referee Boniface Chapinga accusing him of awarding two penalties to Sure Stream and denying them three goals which were ruled for offside.
The fracas did not go down well with ganyu fans, who pelted stones to Red Lions players before alleged soldiers from the Blantyre camp came to their rescue to manhandle civilians.
One person, who was beaten by the soldiers was Geoffrey Mwale, who is still unconscious at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :