Police teargas ‘Nyerere’ fans as Wanderers hold Red Lions: Malawi TNM Super League

Mighty Wanderers FC blighted their chances of climbing up from the seventh position in the TNM Super League when they drew one-all with Zomba-based soldiers Red Lions FC played at Zomba Community Centre ground on Saturday.

This means the Nomads now have 30 points from 19 games played so far whereas Red Lions still lead the pack with 37 points from 21 games.

The goalless first half saw both teams giving the spectators unsettled play as they resorted to everywhere-will-do type of play. Despite this, there were some flashes of brilliance in Red Lions’ striker Innocent Bokosi who proved a handful to the Nomads defenders. He eventually was voted man-of-the-match for his feat after the game.

Diverson Chilemba could have put the visitors ahead when his effort was ably dealt with by the soldiers’ goal custodian Jacob Kaunda.

Wanderers’ Mike Kaziputa runs with the ball during the match

Nonetheless, the halftime scores remained 0-0.

However, the Nomads, affectionately called Nyerere by their fans had to wait for substitute Mayeso Mphanje to claim the lead after he was put through by Alfred Manyozo Junior in the 65th minute.

The goal brought smiles on the faces of Wanderers fans as the players danced in celebration near the touchline.

Ten minutes later, Kumbukani Mwambene cancelled the lead with a spectacular goal. He received a pass from Bokosi and created space for himself in the goal area before firing the ball past Nomads goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa to silence their vocal supporters.

Four minutes into stoppage time, Chilemba fell down in the goal area but referee Dennis Ngulube saw it as diving and flashed a second yellow card which warranted a red card as a second bookable offence.

The decision angered Wanderers supporters as they showered insults to the referee.

Police teargas

Pandemonium broke out soon after the game when Malawi Police Mobile Service fired teargas to disperse Mighty Wanderers supporters who had invaded the pitch demanding the head of Nguluwe for what they described as a poor decision on their player Diverson Chilemba.

Wanderers coach Stuwert Mbolembole rushed towards Nguluwe but was blocked by stewards and the police.

“He has made a very bad decision because Chilemba was fouled in the goal area which he could have given a penalty,” he said.

Worse still, he gave my player (Chilemba) a red card as a second bookable offence which was not true because Chilembe was not given another yellow card in the first place,” Mbolembole was overheard as saying while being conforted by other officials.

Everybody ran for dear life as police fired teargas to the supporters who converged outside the dressing room for the officiating personnel.

After this, calm was restored as people went to their respective homes.

Mwambene taking a sip of water after equalising for Red Lions
Bokosi (left) receives his man-of-the-match from a TNM official.

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