The football fraternity in Malawi is eagerly waiting for the country’s football association (FAM) to discipline Nyasa Big Bullets following unsporting acts by the club’s supporters on 9 September.
Benson Haji, 43, Gauti Phiri, 32, Gift Nazombe, 29, Godfrey Kumwembe and MacDonald Suwali were arrested by the Malawi Police Service after Bullets’ match against Be Forward Wanderers in the capital, Lilongwe.
The five men will appear before the court of law for malicious damage and unlawful wounding offences.
The incident took place outside the northern gate of the Bingu National Stadium as Wanderers' Bus was exiting the sports arena after the team's loss to Big Bullets in the Carlsberg Cup final.
Apparently, as they were exiting BNS, the Wanderers found Bullets supporters chanting mocking songs and banging the bus.
In anger, Wanderers’ players apprehended one Big Bullets fan and dragged him into their bus. Chaos flared as other Bullets’ supporters charged by showering the bus with stones. Five people from Wanderers side were injured and six side glasses of the motor vehicle were damaged.
Ironically, Wanderers won the vehicle after beating their Blantyre city sworn rivals Big Bullets in the Luso TV Bus Ipite Bonanza.
The alleged Bullets supporters attacked Wanderers players despite their team winning the 2017 Carlsberg Cup 5-3 on post penalties match.
Bullets came from behind twice to force the game to go straight into penalties after settling for a 2-all in regulation time.
Wanderers were on the verge of retaining the trophy when Jaffalie Chande scored on 20th minute before Bullets’ Muhammad Sulumba grabbed an equalizer a few minutes later. Isaac Kaliati scored Wanderers' second goal four minutes into the second half. Bullets were awarded a penalty after Rafiq Namwera handled the ball in the penalty box. Nelson Kangunje scored that penalty.
In the penalty-shoot-out, Yamikani Chester's spot kick misfired giving Bullets an advantage in the process. Bullets scored all their spot kicks through Chiukepo Msowoya, Kangunje, Mussa Manyenje, Henry Kabichi and Pilirani Zonda. While Wanderers scored through Namwera, Chande and Precious Sambani. Just like I mentioned earlier Chester missed Wanderer's fourth penalty.
Bullets’ win gave Elia Kananji his fourth Carlsberg trophy, the country’s FA Cup, making him the only coach to win the tournament four successive seasons with two teams that happen to be based in the same city, Blantyre.
Kananji first won the cup in 2014 as coach of Big Bullets. A year later, he achieved the same feat with Wanderers before the Lali Lubani boys defended the trophy in 2016. This season, Wanderers failed to defend the cup making them joint two-time record holders with Bullets.
During post match interviews Bullets’ manager James Chilapondwa thanked heavens for the win while his counterpart Steve Madeira said Wanderers will now focus on winning the Super League.
Bullets won a prize money of MK12 million while their rivals have been given a consolation cash prize of MK5 million.
The match grossed over MK54 million with both sides sharing MK10.5 million each.