Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE - Carlsberg Malawi’s resolution to sponsor both Mighty Wanderers and Big Bullets is a recipe for chaos especially between the followers of these two rival teams, Yona Malunga, Chairperson of Wanderers supporters has observed. The company unveiled a K50 million sponsorship package for the country’s biggest football clubs Big Bullets, Mighty Wanderers and the Carlsberg Cup competition early this year.
This, however, was not new for the company as it used to sponsor the Carlsberg Cup competition and it pulled out due to violence that ensued during the final matching involving Wanderers and Bullets.
Speaking in an interview Marapost monitored on MIJ radio Wednesday, Malunga emphatically said the company should not have taken on board both teams saying this will just fuel enemity.
“They should reverse their decision of sponsoring two big teams at one goal. Otherwise we should expect more pandemonium and violence. Malawi football is not ready for such arrangements,” said Malunga before being cut by the host of the programme Williams Gondwa.
Interestingly, Malunga was in attendance during the unveiling ceremony at the College of Medicine Sports Complex and never spoke against the decision apart from dancing and chanting along side bullets faithful for being bailed out from the dungeon of financial woes.
Carlsberg Malawi committed to sponsor the teams for a year and remain with one team that will perform better and demonstrate good behavior and fair play, among others. Technical Director of Blantyre United Lawson Nakoma has since urged club officials and supporters to be responsible and bring to book perpetrators. The fans should learn to concede defeat for the betterment of the entire football fraternity. “It is pleasing to note that more people are patronizing the games and we can not allow some irresponsible fans to spoil the game of football,” said Nakoma.
Meanwhile Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has punished Moyale Barracks F.C with a K470, 000.00 fine plus banning some of its key players namely Anthony Manda, Timothy Nyirenda, Victor Phiri and Lovemore Mitengo following violent conduct which happened on 8 September during and after a TNM Super League game against Big Bullets F.C at the Mzuzu Stadium. Bullets won 1-0.
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