Soldiers beat up Wanderers players in Chitowe ahead of Malawi TNM Super League match

Mighty Wanderers have threatened not to play their TNM Super League encounter against Mafco F.C on Saturday at Chitowe Stadium following ugly scenes which erupted when the visiting team wanted to train at the pitch ahead of the game.
The Nomads, who arrived in Nkhota-kota in the afternoon, went straight to the stadium in order to train per requirement that a visiting team can be allowed to feel the pitch a day before the game.

To their dismay some ‘’heavy-handed’ Mafco soldiers chased them with battle sticks.

The Nomads tried to reason with the soldiers but it proved futile as they went on rampage beating some of the players like Bongani Kaipa, Alfred Manyozo Jnr and their goalkeepers trainer Vales Kamzere.

David Kanyenda: Nomads will not play, its not war
David Kanyenda: Nomads will not play, its not war

Kamzere was severely beaten by the soldiers.

“The attack on the players was unacceptable,” a Wanderers official told Nyasa Times from Chitowe.

Meanwhile, Mighty Wanderers have threatened to boycott the match because they feel their players security is at risk.

The Nomads general secretary David Kanyenda told Nyasa Times that what Mafco did was unfortunate because even the ground does not belong to them.

“Our players have been beaten yet this is just a game of football not war. I think it is high time something must be done or else it is better for Sulom to organise a special League for soldiers or else we can pull out, “said Kanyenda.

Kanyenda emphasized that the Nomads stand is to boycott the match because it has shown that their players are disturbed psychologically.

“They were beaten by sticks. Is that the way we will be running our game? No one is above the law and such our plea to Sulom is that let the law take its course to those who have beaten our players,” said Kanyenda.

Kanyenda went on to lament that they will seek the Army Commander, Henry Odillo’s intervention on the matter.

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