Protect the prestige that goes with this derby


Saturday, traditional rivals, Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers, will be up in arms in the TNM Super League second round fixture at Kamuzu Stadium.

The city is likely to be at a standstill as the giants clash in this potentially- explosive fixture.

If what the newspapers have been reporting is anything to go by, thousands of supporters will throng Kamuzu Stadium to witness this epic battle.


It is, therefore, my plea that there be peace as we all watch this Blantyre derby.

There are some people who are opposed to light and progress and they fail to accept the reality that in football, one team has to win.

They believe in unleashing terror on innocent people when they are frustrated with the outcome of a match. This attitude must be condemned in the strongest terms.


People go to football matches to entertain themselves not to be injured or insulted.

People go to the stadium to cheer those outrageous skills of our players not to duck missiles.

There is glimmer of hope that our domestic football is slowly bouncing back to life. It would, therefore, be unfair for a few confused people to throw all this good work into turmoil.

I had a chance to watch Standard Cup games in Lilongwe of which one was played on Friday; I was impressed with the turnout. This just shows that domestic fans are appreciating the direction our local football has taken.

It also my plea to the officiating personnel to stick to Fifa Book, especially in this game where emotions are always high. Most of the time it is the referees who spark trouble because of questionable decisions. Examples are numerous only that I do not want to go into details.

Let us hope that the referees committee will assign competent personnel to handle such an enormous task. Assigning corrupt, greedy and incompetent referees to handle such a crucial match is suicidal.

We all expect the prestige that goes with this derby to be protected.

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