A netball player from Civonets was on Friday, June 14, 2013 roughed up by Silver Strikers fans for insulting the bankers’ first choice goalkeeper Charles Swini after Silver’s 1-0 Presidential Cup victory over Epac.
The incident happened when Silver Strikers players and technical officials were coming out of the dressing room to board their bus.
As the players passed by a group of Civonets players, a member of the netball side Patience Pondamali showered some rude remarks on Swini, accusing him of letting down the country’s national football team, the
Flames against Kenya’s Harambe Stars.
“Osamangolimbikila ukakhala ku club kwako kokha, sunatithandize ndi Kenya,” meaning ‘do not just work had when you are with your club, you let us down against Kenya,’ shouted the woman.
As Swini responded to the woman’s remarks, a group of Silver fans and some technical officials- notably assistant coach Hellings Mwakasungula and team manager Sibusiso Padambo confronted the netballer.
One Silver fan slapped Pondamali in the face and as the woman tried to retaliate, Sports Council board member Gibson Mkanda intervened to restrain the netballer and the aggressive supporters.
Police also came in to quell the situation.
Apparently, Epac FC players, who were still in the dressing room when the fracas broke started coming out to defend the lady’s behalf but they had to be restrained by their officials.
However, coach for Epac Abbas Makawa was seen manhandling a Silver fan for no clear reason.
The game ended 1-0 in favour of Silver, who will now face Big Bullets in the quarterfinals at the same venue on Sunday.