Master Security players held at Police ground

Master Security players were held for more than 40 minutes for their safety and angry Blue Eagles supporters and players bay for the blood of their keeper, Bester Phiri.

Masters FC held for 40 minutes

Master Security players Friday after their TNM Super League encounter with Blue Eagles which ended 1-1 advised to return to the pitch not enter the dressroom at Nankhaka ground, Area 30 police headquarters in Lilongwe.

It is alleged that Master’s Keeper had slap Eagle’s midfielder Phillip Masiye when they were walking in the tunnel to the dressing.

This angry the Eagle’s players and wanted to revenge on Phiri and their supporters too joined the bandwagon to deal with Phiri.

On security advice the team was told to return to the pitch for safety until they clear the danger.

“Someone was narrating that when Master Security players were coming to the ground they used short cuts and in the process it is alleged that Phiri had beaten an innocent fan for looking at him,” Area 49 Dubai soocer fan, British Kalilombe explained.

He said with this issue of the fighting in the tunnel made things worst for the Keeper Phiri.

It all started when Referee Mecry Nziya had ended the game as some Master Security players were seen going towards her but was whisked away by stewards.

Nziya had it tough to control the proceedings of the game and made clearly questionable decisions which attracted protests from both teams.

Even her assistant referees, Lloyd Makonde and Elias Chikoleka did not help matters at all as they were not firm on their judgement at times.

It transpired that during their first round encounter in Dedza, Phiri is alleged to have hit Eagles defender, Gregory Nachipo for unknown reasons.

An official for Master Security said the issue of Phiri was not a fresh one as evidenced that some Eagles players too were in fore front to man handle him.

After a length discussion it was agreed that safe passage should be provided for the entangled Phiri  as angry fans were refusing to leave the stadium.

Later a safe passage was provided out of Nankhaka ground using a white saloon car belonging to Master Security official registration number DZ 1988 with police escort to protect him.

” This is a lesson to both players and fans that football is just a game not something to be used to settle old grudges,” observed an area 10 resident, Humphrey Phiri.

It will be seen on how Super League Association of Malawi and Referees Association of Malawi will handle  the incidences.

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