Nyasa Big Bullets and Mighty Be Forward Wanderers have made a joint decision ahead of the Blantyre derby scheduled for Saturday not to use Malawi Police Service and stewards during the game at Kamuzu Stadium.
In a joint letter dated 4th October 2016 addressed to Super League of Malawi and a copy to Football Association of Malawi, the two giants have advised Sulom to immediately source alternative security for the match.
They have emphasized that the stewards will be provided by supporters from both clubs.
The two Blantyre based teams have outlined a number of reasons for this development.
For instance, they said they have never been able or allowed to verify the numbers despite paying for the security.
“We do not understand the area of responsibility of these two organs because any lapse in security is paid for by the clubs through fines despite the clubs paying huge sums of money to these two entities,” reads the second reason.
The letter signed by chairmen from both clubs George Chamangwana and Noel Lipipa states that the two security bodies ( Police and Stewarts) do not perform at all.
“Clubs are at times fined for the activities of one supporter because neither the police nor stewards are able to apprehend just a solitary individual. And yet stewards are able to present pictures of a “culprit” at a hearing when instead of taking pictures of the culprit they just needed to apprehend him,” it reads.
Another reasons for shunning the two security organs they said for so many times both during preparatory and post-match meetings they have heard testimonies from stakeholders of security personnel being in the forefront aiding and abetting “free” entry into the stadium to their financial advantage at the expense of clubs.
“We mandate SULOM to source an alternative for the police security and to make sure they sign a liability clause with the new security organization in case there is a breakdown in security on their watch,” reads the letter.
Instead, both clubs have told Sulom that they will provide 40 stewards each which they can deploy and monitor themselves .
“ We will be responsible for any poor performance by these club stewards. If we have to pay fines we would rather do so while using our own people,” concludes the letter.