Nomads’ stadium ban, a blessing for Balaka fans

The decision by Kamuzu Stadium management to bar Mighty Wanderers from using the stadium is a blessing in disguise for Balaka fans, who have been starved of top action since the reopening of Kamuzu Stadium towards the end of last season.

Just last week, soccer fans from Balaka and an official from Balaka Town Council were on Luntha Television complaining about the absence of soccer matches at Balaka Ground, which used to host most games involving Blantyre based sides after the closure of Kamuzu Stadium.

The official from Balaka Town Council, Joseph Sajiwa complained the Council had been spending a lot of money maintaining the ground without getting a little something from gate collections to subsidize the costs.

Fans, as well complained they were being starved of top class action as all the home games involving Wanderers and Big Bullets were being played at Kamuzu Stadium.

But barely a few days after the complaints from Balaka, top flight league action is back at Balaka Ground- courtesy of the violence allegedly perpetrated by Wanderers fans, who went on rampage destroying property at Kamuzu Stadium after their team had lost 2-1 to Blue Eagles.

Nomads fans to be travelling to Balaka-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Nomads fans to be travelling to Balaka-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

The Wanderers’ fans were protesting against referee Fransisco Skova’s decision to red card their first choice goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa during the game.

In light of the behavior by the Nomads’ followers, management of Kamuzu Stadium announced last weekend that the Nomads would not be allowed access of the stadium unless they pay for the damages caused by their supporters.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) moved  Monday’s TNM Super League game involving Wanderers and Kamuzu Barracks from Kamuzu Stadium to Balaka.

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