… violence resurfaces at Kamuzu stadium
Malawi’s 2015 Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets could be in trouble after their supporters invaded the pitch and manhandled a referee in charge of their game with Azam Tigers at Kamuzu stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Nyasa Big Bullets supporters invaded the pitch after the final whistle in Big Bullets’ goalless draw against Azam Tigers to manhandle referee Andy Kuseli whom they claimed was incompetent in most of his decisions during the match.
The People’s Team supporters’ displeasure towards Kuseli came to a climax when he denied the team a penalty appeal that could have changed the outcome of the match inside 3 minutes of added time in the second half, when Tigers defender cleared the ball on the line but Bullets thought it was a handball.
During the match Azam Tigers were also denied a goal for a foul on Nyasa Big Bullets defender. Soon after the game, some Nyasa Big Bullets supporters invaded the pitch and wasted no time in attacking Kuseli but thanks to the police and stewards the referee was rescued.
Furthermore, the Nyasa Big Bullets supporters were seen harassing and manhandling an Angaliba FM and TV journalist Chris Chirwa for being suspected of video shooting the fans while they were manhandling the referee.
The situation could have gone worse when Bullets supporters gathered outside the Kamuzu stadium dressing room gate waiting for Kuseli but Malawi Police officers were too quick in calming the situation as they dispersed the fans using teargas.
This incident comes barely a year after one of Malawi’s football fans, Godfrey Mwale, died last year when violence spilled over to the streets following a Super League match involving Premier Bet Wizards formerly known as Surestream fc and Red Lions.