Wanderers rioting fans damaged 24 vehicles – Malawi Police

At least 24 motor vehicles were damaged when Mighty Wanderers Football Club supporters went on rampage following their team’s loss to Blue Eagles at Kamuzu stadium on Saturday, police have said.

Blue Eagles, a Malawi Police sponsored club,  defeated the Wanderers  popularly known as ‘Nyerere’ 2-1 in a TNM Super League encounter that left the Nomads faithfuls dejected.

The supporters are said to have been angered by a red card handed to their goalkeeper Richard Chipuwa for kicking the opposing player; instead the irate fans resorted to vent their anger by pelting stones on the pitch, forcing the game to halt about 15 minutes.

Soon after the game, the supporters went as far blocking the Chipembere, stoning cars in the process. Police had to use teargas to control the tumult.

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

And according to Blantyre Police assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Thembachako, about 24 vehicles are reported to have been maliciously damaged by Nomads angry fans.

“The figure are of the cases reported within Blantyre policing area, that is, Ndirande, Chilomoni, Blantyre, Soche, Kabula, Chirimba, South Lunzu, Soche, Milare, Mpemba and Sigerege as the result of the angry supporters’ riots,” said Thembachako.

Vehicles parts damaged include windscreens, headlamps, and lens. The cost of the damaged is yet to be assessed.

He said meanwhile no arrests have been made as investigations are in progress and that nobody has filed lawsuit against the blues.

Match officials had to be whisked by police as the angry supporters bade for their blood.

Observers say Nomads risk a ban from football authorities.

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