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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :