Eagles’ fans celebrate victory with Black Missionaries

Followers of the Lilongwe based newly-crowned K12.5million FAMA Cup, Blue Eagles FC, Saturday night took their victory robes to Mungo Park to carry on with their celebrations with Malawi’s illustrious reggae outfit, Black Missionaries.

The police side had earlier in the day humbled Big Bullets FC 6-5 in penalties at Civo Stadium to lift the Fellowship Association of Malawi (FAMA) sponsored Top Eight Trophy, which was also witnessed by State Vice President Khumbo Kachali and Minister of Youth, Sports Development and Culture, Enoch Chihana.

The carnival, which started right at the stadium stretched out to Area 30, the home of the Eagles, and other townships within the city with the most enthusiastic supporters ending their singing and carousing at Mungo Park where there was a phungwee.

Part of the audience at the Mungo Park show

On menu for the after-party gig was main headliners Black Missionaries, Skeffa Chimoto, the country’s R and B king Maskal, Antony Makondetsa, Yanjanani Chumbu, 80-year-old Gides Chalamanda and the duo of Edgar and Davis.

The animated fans started trickling in at the airy entertainment space, situated along the Lilongwe-Mchinji road, early enough for what was to be a 12-hour (6.00pm to 6.00am) marathon of merriment and music combined.

However, due to unexplained reasons the phungwee started almost three hours late (21:35pm) with director of ceremonies Zodiak Broadcasting Station’s Joe Mwase making no apology for the time wasted as he went straight welcoming the revelers to the music party before inviting on stage the Blacks to back young and upcoming musician Chumbu.

However, barely 30 minutes into the show the all-night gig was nearly marred by equipment malfunction when it started producing weird sound not healthy for human consumption- at a time when fans had just begun taking to the floor.

Luckily, the problem was rectified within five minutes and everything roared into life again for the great audience and great acts.

As time ticked away into the night more and more supporters, Blue Eagles’ team officials, players such as Phillip Masiye, sports journalists like Mike Bango of Zodiak and Williams Gondwa of MIJ radio and Football Association of Malawi Chief Executive Suzgo Nyirenda slipped into the show for their take.

One by one the artists kept the audience in high spirits as they dished out vibes from their various albums triggering cheers among the crazy revelers.

But the show exploded to real life around 2:30am when Black Missionaries frontman Anjiru Fumulani jumped onto the stage to display his exploits which sparked more cheers from the music lovers who sang along songs taken from the group’s albums Kuyimba 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

“These guys [Blacks] are arguably the country’s crowd pullers at the moment, no debate on that. When they are on stage, they know why and what they are there for,” commented an Area 25 resident Ronnie Luhanga, keen follower of the Blacks.

Mungo Park is slowly gaining ground with massive musical performances because of its space and nicely-done stage which various artists have so far hailed as one of the country’s best erected stages.

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