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.
Celebrations are continuing in the Nyasa Big Bullets camp following their winning of the Carlsberg Cup on Saturday.
They beat archrivals Be-Forward Wanderers on Post-match penalties in a final match played at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital city Lilongwe.
Millions of football enthusiasts tuned in on radio and television to watch the much anticipated match between malawi’s football giants.
The first goal came from the Nomads’ Jafali Chande 22 minutes into the game, before Muhammad Sulumba equalised for the Bullets in the 32nd minute.
Isaac Kaliati put the Nomads back in the lead before Nelson Kangunje equalised in the 75th minute from the penalty spot to make it 2-all.
After 90 minutes with both teams head to head, the match had to be decided through penalties where Wanderers’ Chester missed his spot kick.
This left leaving Kangunje with the opportunity to score the winning penalty to hand Bullets the trophy for the third time, matching their rivals who were the defending champions before the defeat.
This was the fourth time the rivals were meeting in the Carlsberg Cup final since its inception in 2000
“I’m happy we managed to lift the cup and this is a clear indication that we are on top of Wanderers this season in terms of derby wins,” a Bullets die hard remarked after the game.
A Nomad fan Isaac Nyirenda simply said,”We are not good at penalties during cup final. Look second cup final defeat in a season and this is painful to us.
The Bullets have taken home K12 Million in prize money and a trophy.
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The two teams meeting in the final are Be Forward Wanderers and Nyasa Big Bullets and the match will be played at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital city Lilongwe where the winning team will walk away with MK15 million.
The Association’s Transfer Matching System Manager Casper Jangale said he was hopeful that the match will be violence free.
He is also calling on football fans to respect the decisions of the referees during the game.
Fans and administrators have been raising concerns over poor officiating in most matches and some referees have been disciplined on the same.
FAM has also announced that it will not sell tickets for the game on the actual day to ensure that there is smooth entry into the stadium.
Apart from that, this will also ensure that no fake tickets are sold on the day of the match.
It is anticipated that gates will be opened at nine in the morning.
Carlsberg Cup holders Be Forward Wanderers on Wednesday pipped Mafco FC 1-0 to take wing to the quarter-finals of the Carlsberg Cup.
Defender Bongani Kaipa scored the priceless header in the eighth minute when he headed home a Joseph Kamwendo corner kick.
Mafco had their moments too, but their efforts were thwarted by the Nomads rearguard marshaled by Lucky Malata and Foster Namwela.
The Nomads were dealt a body blow later in the game when Kamwendo was shown the red card by referee Aziz Nyirenda following a foul on Maurice Chiumia.
Nomads coach Yasin ‘Titch’ Osman described the match as tough while his Mafco counterpart Temwa Msuku blamed his troops for not ultilising their first half dominance.
Wanderers have joined Nyasa Big Bullets, Blue Eagles, Moyale Barracks, Red Lions and Kasungu Police in the last eight.
The last two quarter-final qualifying matches are on this weekend when second-tier Masters Security Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League side Michiru Madrid Madrid take on Super League rookies Chitipa Uniyed on Friday at Chilomoni Stadium where the quarter-draw will be held.
Another flagship league side Blantyre United will be away to another SRFA league outfit Cobbe Barracks at Balaka Stadium on Sunday.
Matches Played: 61
Goals scored: 182
Biggest victory: Nchalo United 6 Mighty Ivory 0 (Southern Region)
Michiru Madrid 6 Jali Rangers 0 (Southern Region)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Nchalo United 6 Mighty Ivory 0 (Southern Region)
Michiru Madrid 6 Jali Rangers 0 (Southern Region)
Kasungu Police 4 Airborne 2 (Central Region)
Blue Eagles 6 Ekwendeni 0 (Round of 32)
Carlsberg Cup holders Be Forward Wanderers on Wednesday face Mafco FC in a potentially tight quarter-final qualifying match in Balaka.
The Nomads, who survived a scare from Mzuzu-based second-tier league side Fish Eagles two weeks ago, are itching for a third successive Carlsberg Cup glory.
Their coach Yasin Osman said his charges are ready for the battle.
“This is going to be a tricky fixture for us but we are well-prepared for the fight.
“We respect every team we meet in cup games and we have left no stone unturned to claim victory this Wednesday,” said Osman.
He also confirmed the availability of forwards Peter Wadabwa, Amos Bello and Ishmail Thindwa who were nursing injuries. He also has enough armoury in the likes of Joseph Kamwendo, Yamikani Chester, Precious Msosa, and Khumbo Ng’mbi.
On the other hand, his Mafco counterpart Temwa Msuku said although many consider Wanderers as favourites in this encounter due to their recent vain of form, the Salima-based soldiers are not under pressure.
“We accept that Wanderers are one of the well-assembled teams in the competition and their status as the defending champions gives them an advantage. Nevertheless, such statistics are just on paper; we will work hard in the field of play,” he said.
He added that he will have a full squad except for midfielder Gift Soko and defender Yohane Malunga. Soko is ill while Malunga will not be eligible after received two yellow cards in previous matches.
The last time the two teams met was in June during a Super League match and the Nomads won 3-0.