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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Football Association of Malawi Media and Competitions Manager, Gomezgani Zakazaka, has said they are waiting for match reports before acting on an incident that led to the delay, for an hour, of the Fisd Challenge Cup match between Be Forward Wanderers and Masters Security at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Tuesday.

“It is too early to state what action we would take because we need reports of the referee, match commissioner and police, among others, before deciding what action to take,” Zakazaka said.

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There was tension before the round-of-32 match after Masters were reportedly denied entry to the main gate located on the eastern side of the stadium.

It was an act believed to be juju-related as Masters did not want to use the normal entrance located between the covered and police stands.

Eventually, supporters forced the Central Region side to return and use another entrance.

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Masters Team Manager, Muhammad Selemani, said they were affected by the incident and the team would discuss the next course of action.

“It was an unfortunate incident because it was agreed during the pre-match meeting that we would use the entrance at the open stands. We were insulted and we didn’t do our warm ups properly. Personally, I think we need to do something about it. The club’s management will meet to determine its next course of action,” he said.

However, Wanderers Chairperson, Gift Mkandawire, said they were not to blame because they followed procedures.

“I am not trying to push the blame to anyone. Everyone knows that we only use the entrance at the open stands when it is a final and not any other game. So the sports fraternity should ask itself why Masters were trying to use an unconventional way into the stadium,” he said.

On the pitch, Wanderers recovered swiftly from their Carlsberg Cup defeat by thrashing Masters 4-0 to advance to the round-of-16 where they will date Dwangwa Town Hammers.

Peter Wadabwa claimed a brace, with Mike Kaziputa and Yamikani Chester scoring once each.

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