Mafco FC say they will lodge a complaint to Super League of Malawi (Sulom) over the incident that took place on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium where their players and officials were detained before their match against Nyasa Big Bullets.
The Salima based soldiers were detained at the entrance of the dressing room by Bullets supporters, who were against Mafco players walking into the stadium, demanding that they enter through their bus.
The match kicked off at 3 pm instead of 2:30pm due to the misunderstandings over why the soldiers walked from their camp site in Chichiri to the stadium.
In a post-match interview after losing 2-0 to Bullets, Mafco Team Manager, Chawezi Ngwira, said the club will write Sulom to seek a clarification if there is a rule that prohibits teams from entering the dressing room gate without using a bus.
“What do the rules say when it comes to the arrival of a team? Our players spent almost 40 minutes waiting for the stadium officials to open the gate and that is where we were told that would not enter unless we went back and board a bus,” Ngwira said.
“I thought that this was something else. The rules are clear that shunning a dressing room is a serious offence, but we did not shun it. This affected our game-plan. We could have won the game.”
However, Bullets Chief Supporter, Stone Mwamadi, said he was not aware that Mafco players were barred from walking into the dressing room.
“What Mafco did was unusual. How can players come in groups? We expected them to come together as a team. We thought it wise to have a clear picture of what was going on,” he explained.
“You can see that the league is tight, so we do not want to lose any game. I am sure that Mafco were playing a mind-game and we had to be alert.”
Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, yesterday said they would wait for match reports from from the referee [Evidence Kananji] and Sulom officials who were at the stadium.
“We condemn the approach taken by both teams as it is a recipe for violence. We are yet to get the official complaints. A match is usually coordinated by a Match commissioner assisted by Sulom officials. Surely, an action will be taken,” Banda said.
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