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Blantyre giants soften up on Fam, Sulom

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Crowd-pullers Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have softened up on their hardline stance against Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Super League of Malawi (Sulom).

The Blantyre giants issued a joint statement on Friday night asking Fam and Sulom officials to stay away from last Saturday’s Blantyre derby at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, as their security was not guaranteed.

Apparently, Bullets and Wanderers were trying to punish the two football bodies for violent incidents that affected some of their officials during Sulom’s Annual General Meeting in Mangochi District on April 7.

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But Fam President, Walter Nyamilandu, trashed the threats, saying Sulom and Fam’s officials would be at the match as they run football in the country.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, confirmed that officials from both bodies watched the derby freely.

One of the signatories of the statement, Wanderers Board of Trustees’ Chairperson, Rashid Gaffar, simply laughed when asked about what had become of the warning.

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“Well, we just wanted to pressurise them. Our officials were harassed at the Mangochi meeting and we want them to act for the good of the game. We are still in shock to imagine that team officials can be harassed at a Sulom gathering,” Gaffar said.

Nyamilandu, who was also abused verbally at the same meeting in Mangochi, said the two clubs need to resolve the matter with Sulom.

“We cannot intervene unless Sulom fails to act. We asked Sulom to give us a report on what happened at the meeting and we are still waiting. But we do not support what Bullets and Wanderers did as it amounts to inciting violence,” he said.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, did not respond to our WhatsApp message enquiring about the submission of a report on the violence.

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