Malawian victim of football violence dies: Fan was assaulted by suspected soldiers of Red Lions FC

The family of a football fan, who was assaulted by suspected Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers  of Red Lions football club during their 2-2 match against Surestream, say he has died.

A nurse Doreen Mvula assisting Godffrey when he was  unconscious

A nurse Doreen Mvula assisting Godffrey when he was unconscious

The 24-year old son Stanley Mwale, died on Friday morning  in Blantyre, his family confirmed to Nyasa Times.

Mwale, who has been lying unconscious at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre since May 10, succumbed to serious head injuries he sustained during the incident that occurred after a league match between Red Lions and Surestream at Kamuzu Stadium.

“We are greatly devasted. No one can give us back Godfrey but we ask for justice in his name and not revenge,” said the grieving father, a police officer Senior Superintendent Stanley Mwale.

He has asked those who were involved in beating his son to be punished.

Godfrey was beaten up by three suspected soldiers as he was waiting for a mini bus to pick him up at the bus stage.

“I loved my son so much, he had a bright future,” he said, tears rolling on his cheek.

Mwale was reported to be beaten up with iron bars and a brain MRI scan shows that among several injuries, he has acute hematoma caused by trauma to the head and also brain swelling.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) slapped Red Lions with a total of K3.6 million in fines for the club, eight players involved in assaulting referee Boniface Chipinga and their team doctor Gibson Langwe who was also involved in the fracas.

The eight players Lot Chawinga, Dickson Mbetewa Jr who were in the forefront have been suspended for 12 months not to play any game organised by Sulom.

Six other players  Boniface Kaulesi, William Chiumia, Mathews Simbeye, George Haule, Thomas Makaombwa and Sunganani Msiska have been banned from playing for six months.

But Mwale said the punishment is manifestly inadequate.

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edward banda

my blame is always goes to referee because this man is the source of this death and again you the soldiers why not beating referee instead beating the innocent man shame on soldiers

Paulos Munthali

Soldiers need to be exemplary, not like this!



Bless banda

Mmalo Mwa All who did their sec ed at thyolo sec sch we r grieved by the classmate and friend Geof’s death.may his soul rest in eternal peace


Alonda awa akubarakisi nkhondo sayiziwa koma kumwa mowa ndi uhule,zitsilu musaziwonjezere ndalama.

Jimmy Joel

Ntchito ikhale mpira osati kuteteza?


It is unfair,but we ask God to keep the family in good hands


Comment no 98, may God forgive you mwina sunafeledwepo, why should the referee be blamed and not the soldiers, a life has been lost here and you are backing the killers? why didn’t your coward soldiers kill the referee rather than this innocent young man? Moto umapita kumene kwatsala tchire


soka kwa iye obweresa choipacho, koma asirikaliwa zamanyazi, kusowa chochita chani, chimene amachita muziko muno sichioneka, chonde malipiro awonjezereni apolisi, osati zinthuzi kumangokhalira kutukwana zikamathamanga mu town


This is total inhuman but bare in mind that God loves us all and the same God shall punish who so ever was involved,being a soldier doesn’t warrant you to claim innocent lives…

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