Football Association of Malawi (FAM) through its Competitions Sub Committee have cancelled Saturday’s Carlsberg Cup quarterfinal match involving Mafco and Nyasa Big Bullets which was scheduled to take place Chitowe Stadium over security concern.
It was reported that three Bullets players namely Fischer Kondowe, Yinikiza Imebo and goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kunkwawa were beaten by Mafco players during training.
As per rules,the away team, Bullets, was supposed to feel the pitch in the afternoon ahead of the game,but it was reported that Mafco refused them to do so ending up in disagreements.
In a statetement made available to Nyasa Times signed by legal adviser Jabar Alide, FAM stressed that it was extremely disappointed that this match is not going to be played as scheduled, but state that security of the players, officials and fans is always top priority.
“Be reminded that FAM does not condone any act of violence which erodes the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play and shakes the very foundations the game is built on.
“FAM has opened investigations on the matter and will duly communicate on the way forward as regards to the fixture,”reads the statement.
However, this was not the first time for such a case at Chitowe stadium.
In 2013, Be Forward Wanderers players were also beaten by Mafco players when they wanted to train on the pitch ahead of the league game.
Some of the players,who were beaten were Alfred Manyozo,Bongani Kaipa and goalkeepers trainer Vales Kamzere who was rushed to the hospital.
However, Mafco was not punished on this and the game went ahead the following day.