Church yard turns into battle field: As Wanderers fans riot

A church yard turned into a battle field on Saturday, November 3, 2012 as Mighty Wanderers fans fought running battles with security police officers after the eviction  of their team from the prestigious K30 million Carlsberg Cup competition.

The Nomads went down 3-2 against Malawi Police Service side Blue Eagles in a round-of-sixteen clash at Balaka Stadium and angry fans believed to be from the Wanderers’ camp reacted to the loss by pelting missiles at the police and stadium facilities.

The incident took place outside the stadium and very close to the newly opened Balaka CCAP church, situated just 30 metres away from the stadium.

The police shot in the air and fired teargas at the rioting fans, who operated from the far end of the church building.

Had it been that there were worshipers inside the church, they could have inhaled the gas, which spread through the area.

A policeman was rushed to hospital bleeding profusely from the head after being hit by a missile.

The police apprehended a Wanderers’ fan suspected of being amongst the perpetrators of the violence.

A policeman assaults a handcuffed Wanderers fan suspected of taking part in hooliganism.-Photo by Paul Mutharike/Nyasa Times

Bullets fans celebrate Wanderers’ miseries.-Photo by Paul Mutharike/Nyasa Times

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