When he went to Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday to watch TNM Super League game between Surestream FC and Red Lions, 24- year old Geoffrey Mwale had wanted to be entertained with a beautiful game of football but today he is lies in a coma at Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital after being attacked by suspected solders of Red Lions.
Geoffrey’s condition remains critical and his father, Senior Superintendent Stanley Mwale, said he want those responsible for the assault of his son to be prosecuted.
“I raised my son in God fearing way. He does not drink or smoke. He is a quiet boy who never gets into trouble and I never expected this to happen to him.” he said.
Mwale said he was shocked that issues that happened at the stadium affected his son who was on his way home.
“My son was beaten up by three soldiers as he was waiting for a car to pick him up at the bus stage,” he said.
Meanwhile, Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has slapped Red Lions with a total of K3.6 million in fines for the club, eight players involved in assaulting referee Boniface Chipinga and their team doctor Gibson Langwe who was also involved in the fracas.
The eight players Lot Chawinga, Dickson Mbetewa Jr who were in the forefront have been suspended for 12 months not to play any game organised by Sulom.
Six other players Boniface Kaulesi, William Chiumia, Mathews Simbeye, George Haule, Thomas Makaombwa and Sunganani Msiska have been banned from playing for six months.
But Mwale said the punishment is manifestly inadequate.
“ First, they beat up a referee and start beating up civilians in the streets. My son is in a coma and all they get is game ban for players and fine? My son will never be the same again,” he said.
Mwale was beaten up with iron bars and a brain MRI scan done by consultant radiologist, Dr Sam Kampondeni of College of Medicine, shows that among several injuries, Geoffrey has acute hematoma caused by trauma to the head.
“There is acute left temporal intra-cerebral hematoma 3.3cmx2.3cm, with surrounding edema, axonal injury and mild diffuse edema noted. No skull fracture, scalp hematomas are noted in parietal regions, there is brain swelling,” results of the scan reads.