Nomads fans go on rampage after Eagles defeat: Malawi TNM Super League

Mighty Wanderers fans went on rampage in the defeat to Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday, pelting stones for a period close to 20 minutes in disagreement to  a Richard Chipuwa’s red card which he was shown for kicking an opponent. The Nomads lost 2-1.

What led to the whole saga was when goalkeeper  Chipuwa was trying to hold the ball before a Blue Eagles strikers came hard on him.

This did not go well with Chipuwa, who kicked the striker.  Referee Francisco Scova did not notice the incidence at first but was alerted by ganyu fans  who chanted “ red card! red card!” before the first assistant match official  called the referee to brief him about the incidence and he later on flashed the matching orders to Chipuwa.

The referee’s decision did not go well with Wanderers supporters, who started pelting stones onto the pitch to force the referee stop the game for close to 15 minutes.

Police van had to come in to rescue match officials as Wanderers fans threatened their lives
Police van had to come in to rescue match officials as Wanderers fans threatened their lives

The angry supporters were baying for the assistant referee’s blood, saying he acted under the influence of ganyu supporters.

Wanderers  on field players and officials pleaded with supporters for clam but they were adamant and continued with their stone-throwing.

But later calm returned at the stadium and the Nomads featured their midfielder Alfred Manyozo Jnr in goals as they could not bring in substitute goalkeeper because they finished their substations.

Blue Eagles scored two quick goals  seven minutes into the game which disturbed the Nomads who were dis-jointed in the first 25 minutes.

The Area-30 cops were a marvel to watch in the first 25 minutes through their captain John Banda.

Another player who caused havoc to the Nomads was Mecium Mhone before he limped off the field of play after picking an injury.

However, the Nomads picked up their game towards the end of the first half and it was not surprised when Jacob Ngwira’s well taken free-kick landed into  Eagles net.

After notching in their goal, the Nomads were coming wave after wave terrorizing the Cops defence led by Kenneth Mponda and Philip Masiye but Diverson Chilemba and Anthony Banda were not sharp enough to find an equalizer.

Come second half, the Nomads were more organized but lacked the killer punch in front before the Richard Chipuwa’s incidence.

After the final whistle, the officiating personnel were whisked away in a Police van as supporters were baying for their blood.

The angry fans pelted stones on the van (Chimbula) before Police fired teargas to disperse the unruly supporters.

Chipuwa: Sees red.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times
Chipuwa: Sees red.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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