Be Forward Mighty Wanderers General Secretary Mr Mike Butao has made it crystal clear that Be Forward Wanderers supporters are not going to avenge the stoning which supporters allegedly belong to arch rivals Big Bullets did at the Kamuzu Stadium.
The chaos caused premature ending of a buildup game involving Mighty Wanderers FC and Capital City giants Silver Strikers which ended in a one all draw during the official launch.
The game was organized as one of the activities marking the Be Forward Mighty Wanderers record sponsorship pegged at K70 Million per season.
The missile throwing fans were chased away by teargasing made by the Malawi Police Services (MPS) officers while about five others were immediately arrested for allegedly being ring readers of the same.
Meanwhile, those arrested were put in police custody and charged for breach of peace but local media reports have indicated that they have been fined as well as do community work at one of the Police Stations in the Commercial City of Blantyre.
Said Butao, “We strongly condemn the behavior of some fans whom we believe support Big Bullets who caused chaos and premature ending of our game against Silver Strikers. It was not their game and by doing that they have showed that they do not come to the stadium for family entertainment of football.
“It is sad because the game was abandoned before the whole eyes of our newly acquired sponsors of Be Forward Wanderers from Japan,” explained a visibly disappointed Butao.
However, Butao called upon all Wanderers fans to refrain from any acts of violence as the Bullets take on Al Hallal of Sudan in their Confederations of Africa Football (CAF) return leg of the Club Championships slated for Kamuzu Stadium on April 4, 2014. Big Bullets suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to the Sudanese based side during the first tie.
“We are a peaceful team and there is no way we can hit back on what happened at the stadium by our rivals who wanted this sponsorship to be theirs but they miserably failed to secure it because of their violent conduct,” said Butao during a dinner which was organized at Wanderers Club House along the Lali Lubani road after the game.
Surprisingly, Big Bullets supporters head Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman was in attendance of the event at Lali Lubani road. He hailed Be Forward for the sponsorship but could not comment on the violence which was purportedly orchestrated by his supporters.
And speaking in an interview, Be Forward Wanderers Technical Advisor Yasin Osman said the Nomads were on course to carry the day had it been not for the violence.
“Silver Strikers is a very good side and went on to take the lead but when we equalized, we gave them too much pressure which could have earned us victory at the end of the day. But the violence which we believe Bullets fans made denied us that. Are you telling me that Silver Strikers have got a fan base which can fill that Bullets stand?,” explained Osman who is popularly known as teacher by the local football fraternity.
According to Osman, the Nomads technical panel headed by Elijah Kananji (formerly of Big Bullets) is still working hard to come up with a final squad in order to challenge for the new TNM Super League championship and other honours’ on the local scene.