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.
Moyale Barracks have failed to maintain the second position in the TNM Super League after being held to a 1-1 draw by fellow soldiers Red Lions on Sunday in Balaka.
The Mzuzu-based soldiers are third with 22 points from 12 games, just a point short of second-placed Silver Strikers, who however, have a game in hand.
Boniface Kaulesi put Lions ahead in the 10th minute, but the lead was cancelled by Moyale’s Deus Nkutu in the 55th minute.
Silver thumped Dwangwa United 3-0 on Saturday to move from second to third.
The toast of the Bankers was Victor ‘Vibre’ Limbani who claimed a hat-trick.
In other games played on Sunday, table anchors Chitipa United lost 1-2 to Mzuzu University (Mzuni) FC while Civil Sporting Club thumped Dwangwa 6-1.
On Saturday, Azam Tigers edged PremierBet Wizards 1-0 while rookies Masters Security stunned champions Kamuzu Barracks 3-2.
The Blantyre Derby between Be Forward Wanderers and NMC Big Bullets which was set for BNS in Lilongwe on Sunday was cancelled following the death of Wanderers chairman George Chamangwana.
Silver Strikers blossoming goalkeeper Brighton Munthali has been named inaugural Airtel Top 8 player of the tournment.
The awards ceremony was held in Lilongwe on Friday where Be Forward Wanderers striker Khumbo Ng’ambi also got his Golden Boot award.
The two players carted home K500 000 each for their feat.
Muthali, whose team won the Cup after beating Wanderers in the finals through post-match penalties, could not hide his excitement.
“It is a source of motivation as it will encourage me to work even harder.
“It is also an icing on the cake after we won the inaugural tournament,” he said.
In the media category, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) sports editor Garry Chirwa was named the best print journalist while Malawi
Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) veteran commentator Syevie Liwewe Banda was named the best radio presenter, Lucy Kadzongwe of Rainbow Television went away with the best Tv presenter award.
Joseph Claude Simwaka of Times Group and Leonard Sharra of Nyasa Times, were named best photo-journalist and online journalist, respectively.
They each went away with K200, 000 each.
Carlsberg Cup defending champions, BE Forward Wanderers have on 18 July begun their run to return Malawi’s FA championship when they face lower league side, Fish Eagles at the Balaka stadium in Balaka district.
The Wanderers who double as leaders of the TNM Super League go into the home match as strong favourites having been beaten only once since the top tier kicked off in May.
Their Blantyre city rivals, Premier Bet Wizards will face Zomba’s Red Lions in a home match to be played at the Mulanje stadium in Mulanje district.
Another elite side, Blue Eagles will host Ekwendeni Hammers at the Nankhaka stadium in Lilongwe.
Michiru Madrid will be at home against Super League rookies, Masters Security at the Chilomoni stadium in Blantyre.
Salima’s MAFCO will travel to Nkhotakota where they will host Lilongwe’s Chitedze Strikers at the Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa.
The 2017 Carlsberg Cup round of 32 will continue on 20 July when TNM Super league returnees host Rumphi Medicals at Chilomoni stadium. On 22 July, TN Stars will be at home against Zomba’s Prison Stars at Nankhaka.
2017 CALRSBERG CUP ROUND OF 32 FIXTURES
Wednesday, 19 July
MAFCO FC vs. Chitedze Strikers | Venue: Chitowe Stadium
BE Forward Wanderers vs. Fish Eagles | Venue: Balaka Stadium
Blue Eagles vs. Ekwendeni Hammers | Venue: Nankhaka Stadium
Michiru Madrid vs. Masters Security FC |Venue: Chilomoni Stadium
Premier Bet Wizards FC vs. Red Lions | Venue: Mulanje Stadium
Thursday, 20 July
Blantyre United FC vs. Rumphi Medicals | Venue: Chilomoni Stadium
Saturday, 22 July
TN Stars vs. Prison United | Venue: Nankhaka Stadium
Kick of time at all venues is 14:30 CAT
Blantyre’s BE Forward Wanderers on 16 July extended their lead to four points in the TNM Super League following their 1-0 victory over 11th placed Masters Security away at the Dedza Stadium in Dedza district.
This despite their 2-0 shocking defeat to tenth placed Civo Sporting Club on Saturday at the Civo stadium in Lilongwe. Civo handed the Wanderers their first defeat since the league kicked off in May their by cutting short the leader’s clean sheet.
The Nomads who have four games in hand are ahead of their Blantyre city rivals Premier Bet Wizards who have 18 points from 11 matches.
The Wizards are tied on points with third placed Moyale Barracks who have a game in hand.
Lilongwe based policemen Blue Eagles are fourth with 17 points from 11 matches. The Eagles are two points ahead of their fellow security force, Red Lions who have a game in hand.
The Zomba based Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side is tied on points with eight-time record holders Nyasa Big Bullets and fellow military outfit, MAFCO.
Azam Tigers, Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club are on positions eight, nine and ten, in that order. The Tigers and Civil have played ten games apiece whereas the Strikers have two matches in hand.
Mzuzu based university students, MZUNI are 11th with 12 points, a point ahead of defending champions, Kamuzu Barracks. Both sides have each played nine games.
Rookies, Masters Security are two points behind Kamuzu Barracks. Behind Masters are Dwangwa United (DU) and Blantyre United (BU) who are tied on eight points. With two games in hand, DU are ahead of BU on fourteenth because they have conceded a goal less than BU’s eight who have played 12 matches.
Debutants, Chitipa United continue to anchor the 16 member elite league for a fifth week running with four points from ten matches.
2017 TNM Super League Week 11 Results
Day 23: Saturday, 15 July
Silver Strikers 2 [Victor Limbani, Mathews Sibale] - Nyasa Big Bullets 1 [Chiukepo Msowoya]
Masters Security 0 – BE FORWARD Wanderers [Precious Msosa]
Moyale Barracks 1- Blantyre United 1
MAFCO 1 [Gift Soko] - Premier Bet Wizards 0
Day 24: Sunday, 16 July
MZUNI 3-1 Blantyre United
Civil Sporting Club 2 – BF Wanderers 0
Dwangwa United 1 – Wizards 2