Tickets sold out after just 15 min of action
Soccer fans from Dedza district have declared Dedza Stadium a no-go-zone for visiting teams and warned all traveling teams facing Kamuzu Barracks at the stadium to brace themselves up for the most hostile of situations.
The fans made the declaration on Sunday, May 5, 2013 after watching Kamuzu Barracks play a goal-less draw against defending TNM Super League champions Silver Strikers.
During the entire game, the home fans rallied behind Kamuzu Barracks, who they cheered at every touch of the ball. The fans even prepared a banner, which read: “Welcome to Dedza the Home of Kamuzu Barracks.”
The chanting fans openly declared after the game that they will be supporting the side from Malawi Defence Force (MDF) headquarters, which has made it possible for fans from the district to start watching top flight league action after a drought of almost five years.
“We will support no other team than Kamuzu Barracks and visiting teams should expect a hostile environment, when they come to play Kamuzu Barracks,” said Raphael Kamtedza from Kapalamula area in the district.
Another fan, who only identified himself as Kamuzu Barracks chief supporter said they would infest the stadium with juju to see to it that no visiting team goes away with full points.
“Titsilika Stadium imeneyi palibe timu yobwera yomwe idzitenga mapoints pano,” said the fan in vernacular language.
Turning to the attendance, people from Dedza and other surrounding areas including the Mozambican side of the Malawi-Mozambique border turned up in their multitudes to watch the two Lilongwe sides battle for maximum league points.
With only 15 minutes into the action, tickets had already been sold out in the gates and stadium authorities had to order fresh tickets from the town council.
To enter the stadium, fans were paying K300 for the open stands and K500 for the VIP stand. Almost all the space available inside the stadium was filled up by spectators.
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