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Glittering Silver deserved it

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Football madness continues to rear its ugly face at matches.

On Wednesday, I was obliged to watch a Fisd Challenge Cup game between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium.

To my chagrin and those who love the beautiful game, an unidentified shabbily dressed supporter emerged from the eastern terraces, stormed the pitch and snatched water bottles from Silver goalkeeper, Blessings Kameza, before sprinkling it on the net.

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It was apparently clear that this supporter, in his lop-sided thinking, was frustrated with the performance of Bullets and thought that Silver were using juju.

But those of us who have been in these tranches and we are about to celebrate our silver jubilee know that Silver were playing an organized game while Bullets struggled, especially in the second segment of the game.

With a lop-sided line-up playing disjointed football, it was impossible for Bullets to get any redemption after Silver scored that lone goal that ended their journey in the cup.

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Who, in the Bullets camp, could stop the dazzling skills of that dribbling wizard from another planet, Thuso Paipi?

It would not be an overstatement to conclude that Bullets, a team with immense popularity among local fans, were on Wednesday blindly searching for a win in this Fisd Cup game.

Silver were a better side, especially in the second half and they deserved to win the game. It was evident that Bullets missed the services of defenders Miracle Gabeya, Pilirani Zonda and slippery winger, Dalitso Sailesi.

It is unfair to think that Silver used juju when it featured a talented young side.

It was annoying that instead of giving people real stuff that football is made up of, someone wasted time disrupting the game because of his juju stunts in full view of the police and stewards. It was an insult to the beautiful game.

Bullets supporters should accept with humility that their team has not been playing well, and if this trend continues then they can as well forget their dream of defending the TNM Super League title.

It is high time football authorities reviewed rules and regulations as regards perpetrators of football violence. The rules need to be punitive so that this madness must stop.

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