Malawians from Saturday night have been dominating their posts on the social networking sites with news of Chelsea FC winning its first ever European Cup in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
The support base of Chelsea in Malawi is not big comparing to English teams like Liverpool,, Manchester and Arsenal. But it has been growing in recent times .
When the Londoners were crowned kings of Europe at the end of a dramatic night when veteran striker Didier Drogba scored the decisive spot kick to beat Bayern Munich, Malawians took to the social media to talk of the Chelsea glory.
Facebook, Twitter were all dominated with the talk of Chelsea by Malawians.
Others also shared the Munich moments in pictures through WhatsApp — a cross-platform mobile messaging app for smart phones.
“They came, they played and they conquered. Well done Chelsea,” Malawi’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Ralph Kasambara posted on his Facebook account.
A well known Manchester United Malawian fan, Mzondi Lungu, who normally rants on Facebook when his club posts good results, humbled him. He wrote: “Congrats Chelsea, you made it.”
Journalist and spokesman of National Audit Office Thomas Chafunya, a known Manchester United fan posted: “Wonderful Chelsea! Incredible Chelsea!”
Chafunya went further to congratulate known Chelsea fans on Facebook who included Nyasa Times editorial director Thom Twee (Chiumia), Abusa Paul and pleaded “please keep (Roberto) Di Mateo” as the Manager.
“Oh so the Nigerian prophet has once again hit the bulls eye on the prophecy of a Chelsa win?” posted Deguzman Kaminjolo in reference to reported prophecy by Nigeria’s TB Joshua that Chelsea were destined to win. He is well known by Malawians for his well-publicized prophecy concerning the sudden demise of Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika.
So many people updated their Facebook status and twitted with Chelsea messages.
In regular time, Drogba’s 88th-minute equalising header had cancelled out Thomas Muller’s opener for Bayern just five minutes previously.
In extra time Bayern had a golden opportunity to seal the win but Arjen Robben’s penalty was saved by Peter Cech after Drogba fouled Franck Ribery to concede the spot kick.
Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties to become the first London club to win the European Cup – and only the sixth side from a capital city to have lifted the trophy in the 57-year history of the competition.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :