Fan dies during match in North Malawi

A  football fan died after he was hit by a rock thrown by rival supporters in the violence midweek at a cup game between two third-tier teams, Kakoma FC and Chicago FC, in northern Malawi, police have said.

Police spokesman George Mulewa identified the fan as 25-year-old Boaz Mwesumo.

Mulewa says an autopsy found that Mwesumo died of head injuries.

He said  Chicago fans became “overexcited” when their team took a 2-0 lead. The rival supporters started fighting and Mwesumo was hit by a rock thrown from the Chicago supporters section. Police are investigating.

The death comes three months after eight people died in a stampede at a game in the Malawian capital Lilongwe marking the country’s independence from Britain.

There is an increase in football-related violence in the southern African country with poor crowd control.

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It is very easy for such things to occur at football matches in lower leagues for various reasons. There is too much provocation amongst both players and supporters; and even at times, match officials. Supporters for teams are not separated, which is very dangerous. They may be following shades provided by trees, etc. Referees also play a big part, home teams now believe it is not possible to lose at home, and they will resort to anything should they lose at home. That is why there is intimidation, and they believe that players from away teams should suffer. Situations of… Read more »


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