Nomads, Bullets jointly complain against torture from KB players: Malawi army team accused of harassment

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.

KB marches on the field

KB marches on the field

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.

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27 thoughts on “Nomads, Bullets jointly complain against torture from KB players: Malawi army team accused of harassment”

  1. Chemtukanika says:

    Kunena zoona asilikali ena maka achichepere atsopanowa sakubwera bwino.Si ku mpira kokha komanso ku malo kwina kuli konse komwe kumasonkhana anthu ambiri.Ndikhulupirira kuti sakudziwa ntchito yawo kuti ndi kuteteza dziko lawo kwa adani.Mmalo mwake amakhala akumasowetsa mtendere mzika mu dziko lawo lomwe.They need special training on human rights and responsibilities.

  2. OMEGA BEMA says:

    The complaint is genuine

  3. Pata phiri says:

    Send them to churches were there is no security

  4. ujeni says:

    Ban the stupid useless thugs called Malawi soldiers from sports involving civilians. thugs

  5. chipie says:

    Simple solution. Let them form their own league. A sulom mumve, anthu talankhula apa. Refrendum siposa apa. If u persist, soon we will witness withdrawing of league sponsorship bcoz these persistent chaos. Apo ai, mphavu linazozo alanditse nyanja yathu kwa Tz. Alandexo ni sogwe river-nso yemwe tidziwedi kuti ali nimphavu. Kulimbana ni macivilian /same/ kulimbana nimkazi waziii. Muyambe yanu league tatero. Asulom mukapanda kutero ife tichita zionetsero.

  6. Mthandeni says:

    Send them to Syria and Iraq to fight Islamic state thugs

  7. tadyanso says:

    Because we don’t have any case of war now their hands are like useless
    they want to try with their brothers , forgive them they don’t know what it means when we say football.
    enawotu paja analowa usilikali kamba ka nkhonya kusukulu kudawalaka kkkkkkkkkk our solders my foot haaa

  8. adeel says:

    The solution is simple read the matches report from the referee and match commissioner if that still exist in what looks like a backward league. Thereafter send natural match observers from the football association. If indeed the army teams are misbehaving start banning a few players and heavily fine the team and try de ducting points and before you know it they won’t be able to field a team because most would be suspended or the team will be relegated anyway. Read and use the football association disciplinary handbook if one exist

  9. adeel says:

    The solution is simple read the matches report from the referee and match commissioner if that still exist in what looks like a backward league. Thereafter send natural match observers from the football association. If indeed the army teams are misbehaving start banning a few players and heavy fine the team try de ducting points and before you know it they won’t be able to field a team because most would be suspended or the team will be relegated anyway.

  10. Leveleve Nampwache says:

    Akalande nyanja yathu ku Tz

  11. Its only in Malawi where u learn about these idiotic stories y? Are the league officials scared of these soilders? Don’t u think it was better for them if they could be doing dat when they go fight not @ the grounds for sports? SHAME!!!!

  12. Azijo says:

    Get rid of these army soccer teams in the league for the better of the sport. We can’t keep on hearing stories from these guys NO. If this persists we soccer and peace loving Malawians will act without boundaries. FAM and Sulom watch out. We are getting tired now.

  13. Ralph Sim Chitsulo says:

    These millitary teams mean alot when they are doing such mulpractice. they deserve a stiffer punishment

  14. Hon Banda says:

    My suggestion. Mwina pakhale chikho kapena leauge ya asilikali okhaokha azitibulana okhaokha kapena. Sulom discuss. These soldiers eat tinned fish and sausages pomwe ma civilian busy kidya khwanya mmakwalalamu ndiye sangaime nazo zigogodo

  15. cbk says:

    let them have their own league.

  16. Foreigner says:

    Who the soldiers think they r? Bunch of brutes.

  17. Angozo says:

    The Malawi Army teams should just form their own league chifukwa amadzimva madzi. They do not want to accept kuti nthawi zina zinthu siziyenda mmene mukuganizira and would like to use their prowess to harass others. Shame.

  18. zotu says:

    Ban all military teams for life. There’s no place for such criminal behaviour in football. Round them up and throw them in prison. I have no respect for our army. They think they are bosses. In Mzuzu you can’t even have a good peaceful drink without the intimidation of the army guys. They army guys are just a bunch of thugs. They terrorise towns from Blantyre to Karonga.

  19. Che Dyumo says:

    I think its high time these savage army teams forms their own league.Their behavior its unsportsmanship & they also need to be reminded about their duty as soldiers of the democratic country

  20. Spawk says:

    Ban these savages masquerading as soldiers from playing in the civilian league! For how long shall people complain about these savages? After all, they have enough teams to form their own military league! It is inferiority complex that drive these savages to behave foolishly.

  21. Nedson Trouble Jere says:

    I already wrote this other that all MDF teams should be banned from playing football.These teams are harbouring notorious players and even supporters.Pala ma MDF teams mwakwiya mukwiye vyanadi kweni uwu nalemba mbunesko.Pala Boma likukoma nkhukhumba linikome pa unenesko nkhopa yayi nkhusangika pa 0 888 185 448.

  22. Mthandeni says:

    Fighting civilians,drinking beer,catching HIV
    and Smoking weed that’s what our demoralised army knows.Shame on you!

  23. nganga says:

    Kick or ban for life KB teams they can as well form their own league of army and police asatisowetse mtendere

  24. Achimidzimidzi says:

    I agree now, these teams are over doing it. Football is all about skills and not fighting. Boxing is a different sport, please.

    Just take them out of any sport. If they want they form their own super league in their barracks.

    Nkhondonso samayidziwa thus they are sent on peace keeping exercise to have exposure.

    Zitsiru zimenezi.

  25. opportunist says:

    Let this team play in L city & choose to start fracas and see whether they will go free.

  26. Mthandeni says:

    Super league just erase the military teams
    We don’t want them and they should form their
    own league together with Police,just imagine we have more than 24 police stations plus army
    barracks which means they can manage to create a league.Have never seen English soldiers playing in premier league

  27. Nkhedu says:

    Just ban these masachet thugs!!!!Aaaaaaa

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