5 October 2016 Last updated at: 8:33 AM
War within: Nomads fans cause havoc
From being the most disciplined supporters last season, Be Forward Wanderers fans, under the leadership of Yamikani Kaliyapa, are now the most troublesome fans on the local scene.
According to information sourced by Malawi24, the Wanderers supporters committee has now demanded for the resignation of executive committee Chairman George Chamangwana, general secretary Mike Butao, and Trustees Chairman Rashid Gaffar for stopping them from looting gate revenues during matches.
It is understood that Kaliyapa, together with other supporters committee members Mulaka, Mapira and Patel, have been holding secret meetings to mobilize support to fire the trio.
It has also been revealed that after last weekend’s game the supporters committee stormed the counting room and snatched upfront payment of their 12 percent from the team’s net gate proceeds which normally goes to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) and is paid on Mondays to the clubs.
The supporters also snatched an additional K30,000 to pay their strongmen notably Meki, Fickson, and Njanji who have been at the helm of causing havoc within the Nomads camp.
Things got worse on Tuesday morning when the supporters committee invaded Wanderers’ club house where they made it clear that the Chamangwana led executive committee will be ousted from their respective positions.
Asked to comment on the latest development, Butao said time has now come for the supporters to decide who between the two committees was acting in the interest of the club and who is for self-benefit.
He also turned down the supporters committee’s demands to have the main committee ousted saying both the two committees were elected by the supporters from the general public at the team’s Annual General Meeting.
The Nomads have been fined more than K2.5 million this season for the sins of their supporters despite being the only club with a Security Manager.
Apart from Butao, some players who opted for anonymity, have expressed their anger towards Kaliyapa by pleading with all Nomads supporters to remove Kaliyapa and his entire committee.
Efforts to speak to Kaliyapa proved futile as his cell phone line went unanswered. Wanderers will play Big Bullets on Saturday in a league match but reports have indicated that the supporters committee have strongly opposed the sale of tickets for the game saying they will sabotage the plan despite the two teams endorsing it.