The 2018 TNM super league champions Nyasa Big Bullets has commended Blantyre based soccer fans for organising supporters group called MBC Stand Supporters Initiative (MBCSSI) whose main aim is to help in bringing unity and oneness among Super League supporters without considering on the teams which they follow as well as fighting against hooliganism and make football a violence free sport.
NBB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fleetwood Haiya said this recently when he was invited as guest of honour during the MBCSSI first Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held at Kamuzu Stadium.
Haiya described the initiative as a welcome development saying once the group starts sensitising their fellow soccer lovers on the goodness of observing fair play by avoiding violence in many different football venues will among others help the teams to serve some other costs which clubs use to pay police officers and stewards.
“As teams we are always forced to assign many security officers because most supporters don’t know how dangerous are violence but once the MBCSSI teach them that means we’ll be assigning few police and stewards which will be a good news. We promise that we’ll work hand in hand with this group,” said Haiya.
MBCSSI General Secretary Abel Manda they are geared to take the initiative to other super league teams supporters committees on the country so that they should take a role in fighting against violence.
“Gone are the says where supporters were taking each other like enemies because of supporting different teams. We want to follow the suit like the way other countries do where supporters work together and seat at any place in the stadium without any fear of being
beaten,” said Manda.
MBCSSI was formed in September 2018 with supporters of MBC stand.
The group has got over 200 supporters of different teams which include NBB, Wanderers, Red Lions, Masters Security, Blue Eagles, Karonga United, Tigers FC, Civo Sporting and Silver Strikers.
Currently, MBCSSI which also conduct charity activities has managed to visit Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) , January CDSS in Thyolo and Mangochi based elderly people where the group distributed various items such groceries, school learning materials and some other basic needs