Big Bullets General Secretary Higger Mkandawire has issued an apology on behalf of the club following scenes of violence which erupted after his team were shown the exist in the Carlsberg Cup Saturday.
Bullets were embarrassed by northern region non league side Super Eagles, as they were beaten 1-2 at Mzuzu stadium to painfully bow out of the competition which is being sponsored by the team’s sponsor’s Carlsberg Malawi Limited.
But ugly scenes of violence followed after the match after fans believed to be Bullets supporters bayed for the blood of the officiating personnel who they accused of being behind the team’s bad result.
“As Big Bullets family we want to apologise to every soccer loving Malawian for what happened on Saturday in Mzuzu. We have already sent our apologies to FAM, SULOM and all the stakeholders, including the sponsors Carlsberg Malawi. We want to condemn these unsporting behavior in the strongest terms since it is something that as a club we do not stand for,” said Mkandawire in an interview with MANA.
The General Secretary also dismissed the perpetrators of the violence as not being true supporters of the team but thugs who wanted to create mayhem to advance their own agendas.
“These people are not true supporters of our club, if they were indeed Bullets fans they were supposed to know better since we do not support any form of violence no matter the circumstances or the situation we find ourselves in. we are better than that,” said Mkandawire.
The Executive committees of the team has moved in fast and has dissolved the Mzuzu Big Bullets supporters committee and have set up investigations to find the people who were behind the riots.
“We are waiting for a report from Mzuzu, and as an Executive committee, we will do anything to get to the bottom of the matter and get rid of all the bad elements that are tarnishing our name. Those who will be find guilty will be punished severely,” warned Mkandawire.
Mkandawire also played down the effects this might have on his team’s chances of securing sponsorship from Carlsberg Malawi Limited who promised to take one team on board between Bullets and rivals Mighty Wanderers at the end of this season.
One of the conditions which were set by the prospective sponsors to winning the battle for the sponsorship is a good discipline record plus the success on the ground.
“This is not the end of everything for us, the battle is still on. It is not as if our rivals have won the cup already, there is still a long way to go and we also have the super league to fight for, so we are still in contention to get the sponsorship,” said the GS.
Several people were injured during the fracas, some were even knocked unconscious and it had to take the intervention of the police who fired teargas to quell the situation.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :